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This country sponsored by corporate

Oct 19, 2007
World Bank President Robert Zoellick is seeking help from private-sector companies to uplift nations out of poverty. But some critics say this could give more influence to special interests. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Economy

Working bitter to make sweet

Oct 19, 2007
Living in sub-human conditions, cane workers in the Dominican Republic labor to bring us the sugar we use in our morning coffee. Scott Jagow talks to Bill Haney, who covers their conditions in the new documentary "The Price of Sugar."
Posted In: Jobs

Volkswagen tries driving up U.S. sales

Oct 19, 2007
Even the cheapest Volkswagen model can't compete against Japanese cars in the U.S. So the auto maker is going to start revamping its design. Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Auto

States crack down on mortgage market

Oct 19, 2007
While Congress readies itself for a housing market bill next week, states like Massachusetts and Minnesota are passing their own measures against abusive lending practices. Amy Scott has more.
Posted In: Housing

Homeowners brace for subprime leap

Oct 18, 2007
About 2 million subprime loans set up with teaser rates will expire over the next 18 months, leaving homeowners with much higher mortgage payments. But finding a better loan deal to prepare for the jump isn't easy. Mhari Saito reports.
Posted In: Housing

Wall Street wasn't banking on profits

Oct 18, 2007
Several banks are reporting profits this week, and despite analysts' grim expectations, they're not doing so badly. But that doesn't mean there may not be trouble ahead. Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

Tabasco not such hot stuff anymore

Oct 17, 2007
The spicy red sauce created by the McIlhenny family isn't as hot a market leader as it once was. Jeffrey Rothfeder, who has written a book about the product and the family, explains to Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Books, Retail

Party at the gas station!

Oct 17, 2007
While Big Oil is pumping big profits, independent gas stations selling non-branded fuel are seeing hard times. But reporter Kate Golden found one stubborn holdout in Northern California who's doing a brisk trade by offering tasty foods, good talk and impulse buys.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship, Retail

Slow growth, less foreign money ... Worry?

Oct 17, 2007
The Fed says growth has slowed almost everywhere in the nation. And the Treasury Department says foreign investors are pulling their money out of U.S. markets at a record pace. What's this mean? Kai Ryssdal got the views of Alec Young of Standard & Poor's Equity Research.
Posted In: Economy

It's the BETTER Business Bureau

Oct 17, 2007
What could be a more straightforward brand than the Better Business Bureau? For some, though, the BBB's become the place to go to complain about business. So it's launched a nationwide campaign to let people know it does some other things, too. Steve Tripoli reports.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

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