Dan Grech | Dec 26, 2005
Also today, the fifth-biggest retail company in the world just formed in Asia. The massive Japanese conglomerate that owns 7-Eleven stores spent $1.1 billion to buy Millennium Retailing, and the move could shake up how the Japanese shop. Marketplace's Dan Grech has more.
Kai Ryssdal | Dec 26, 2005
Maud Lavin talks to host Kai Ryssdal about the bottom line behind the holiday shopping season. Lavin's book is is called, appropriately enough, "The Business of Holidays."
| Dec 26, 2005
Next Sunday, New Year's Day, the first wave of baby boomers will turn 60 years old. More than 76 million Americans are set to join the pool of people known as retirees. Jo Giese looks at one state that's already planning for the future.
Miranda Kennedy | Dec 26, 2005
One year ago today, a massive tsunami smashed the coast of 13 countries in Asia, killing more than 200,000 people. The U.N. and scores of non-profits funneled billions in relief funds to the region. But as Miranda Kennedy reports, poor choices in how that money was spent are still causing problems today.
Scott Jagow | Dec 26, 2005
With DVR technology and changing consumer tastes, the 30-second TV ad no longer carries the weight it once did. Marketing expert Joseph Jaffe looks at the future of the TV commercial with host Scott Jagow. Joseph Jaffe is the author of "Life After the 30-Second Spot."
Brian Watt | Dec 26, 2005
Host Brian Watt talks to <i>New Yorker</i> cartoon editor Bob Mankoff about the importance of art and humor in the workplace. You can see some of his favorite business-related <i>New Yorker</i> cartoons below.
Amy Scott | Dec 26, 2005
You've heard of Black Friday in the retail world. Today may go down as Black Monday. The day after Christmas is always a big shopping day. But retailers are expecting bigger crowds than usual this year. Marketplace's Amy Scott reports.
Sarah Gardner | Dec 26, 2005
If you got stuck with some Christmas gifts you don't want this year there are several options open to you. You can try returning them. You can re-gift. You can throw it in the back closet. Or you can try swapping the item online for something you REALLY want. Internet swap sites theoretically allow consumers to trade products online, but as Sarah Gardner reports, it's a tough business.
Jane Lindholm | Dec 26, 2005
Kwanzaa begins today. The seven-day secular holiday was started in 1966 by Maulana Ron Karenga, as a celebration of African-American culture. It has been growing ever since, and now retailers are jumping on the holiday bandwagon. Marketplace's Jane Lindholm has more.
Sarah Gardner | Dec 26, 2005
Many businesses have designated today as a holiday, since Christmas fell on a Sunday this year. But for our friends in Canada, as well as those in Australia and the UK, the day after Christmas is always a holiday. So how does the extra day off affect the economies of those nations that celebrate Boxing Day? Andrea Gardner explains.