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New Bank of Italy head

| Dec 30, 2005
Goldman Sachs VP Mario Braghi has been named the new director of the scandal-plagued Bank of Italy. Megan Williams reports on how European financial markets greeted the news.
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Japan's growth

Jocelyn Ford | Dec 30, 2005
Japan's Nikkei stock index closed the day, and the year, at more than 100 points above 16,000. That marks its biggest annual gain in two decades, and for the first time in 14 years, it was private investment, not government money, that pushed the economy. Asia bureau chief Jocelyn Ford has more.

Airbus and Boeing

Stephen Beard | Dec 30, 2005
President Bush says he will sign a new defense spending bill passed by Congress before they went home for the holidays. A little-noticed clause in the bill could help reduce transatlantic tensions over competing airplane makers. From the European Desk in London, Stephen Beard reports on the latest skirmish between Airbus and Boeing.

Sony's spyware settlement

Dan Grech | Dec 30, 2005
Say you buy a CD and play it on your computer. Later you find out that it secretly installed software allowing the record company to track your listening habits. Or left your computer open to hackers and viruses. It's what happened to people who bought certain Sony BMG CDs. And as you can imagine, they sued. Now the two sides have reached a settlement. From WLRN in Miami, Dan Grech reports.

Suite deal

Stephen Beard | Dec 29, 2005
America's third largest hotel, Hilton Hotels, is reuniting with Britain's Hilton Group. The two companies were separated more than forty years ago. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Short-lived Independence

Janet Babin | Dec 29, 2005
DC-based bankrupt airline Independence Air has told its employees it will shut down January 7th if its parent company can't find a buyer or major investors. That means small cities up and down the East Coast may see higher fares. Janet Babin reports.

Iraq's volatile marketplace

| Dec 29, 2005
There are some small stirrings of life in the Iraq economy, but also a lot of uncertainty. Ben Gilbert reports from Baghdad.

Lobbying firms: The new start-ups?

| Dec 29, 2005
2005 looks like a banner year for venture capital. The money's being invested in all sorts of high-flying industries: High tech, biochemicals, health care and, as commentator Jeff Birnbaum notes -- lobbying.

Talking about REAL money.

| Dec 29, 2005
When we at Marketplace tell you about companies merging, breaking up, or restating their earnings, there's a measurement we haven't used much lately: The million. Ayala Ben-Yehuda tells us what's happened to that lowly number.

The state of the unions

Tess Vigeland | Dec 29, 2005
Between bankrupt airlines and auto companies losing billions, it's been a tough year to be a union worker. Host Tess Vigeland speaks to labor economist Harley Shaiken about the year in labor.

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