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Sir Richard Branson: The full interview

Apr 27, 2012
Jeremy Hobson talks with Sir Richard Branson about the airline industry, trains in the U.K and the U.S., and how business leaders can help to solve many of the world's problems.
Posted In: Virgin Atlantic, Transportation, Richard Branson

PODCAST: Richard Branson on business, a preview of Timothy Geithner on the economy

Apr 27, 2012
Billionaire businessman Sir Richard Branson, the chairman of Virgin Group, was in Washington yesterday for a forum hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on how businesses can help solve the world's problems. But why has he been able to succeed on a platform of "screw business and usual." Samsung reported record quarterly profits today, driven in big part by sales of is smartphones. So should global smartphone leader Apple be worried? And later today, Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal sits down with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to talk recession and recovery.
Posted In: Timothy Geithner, Richard Branson

PODCAST: Auto profits grow, PepsiCo profits stay flat

Apr 26, 2012
The Federal Reserve is not taking any major new steps to help the economy at this time -- but it will spring into action if there's another slowdown. US Airways is trying to buy the bankrupt American Airlines, and it's making a lot of promises -- but can it keep them if the merger goes through? PepsiCo is reporting earnings today, and as the cost of ingredients rises, one factory is looking towards sustainability to save dough. And Burger King says that within the next five years, it will buy only cage-free eggs and pork.

Ancestry.com rakes in profits, buys up competitor

Apr 26, 2012
Ancestry.com Inc. will soon take over rival family history website Archives.com for the price tag of around $100 million.
Posted In: ancestry, Mergers and Acquisitions

PODCAST: Small banks in TARP trouble, airlines lose money on flights

Apr 25, 2012
Today, President Obama will be in Iowa talking to college students about their student loans. Are the cheaper groceries available wholesale clubs like Costco and Sam's Club worth the price of membership? Residents in two towns -- halfway across the world from one another -- are putting together a tourism partnership based around their less-than-scintillating names. And a study from the group Climate Central says America's energy industry is at risk, because sea levels are rising along the coasts where we produce much of our fuel.

PODCAST: Immigration slowing, home prices flat-lining

Apr 24, 2012
It's a big day for Election 2012, with primaries in five states. Marketplace's David Gura takes a look at why Wall Street might be switching teams this time around. The tourism industry in America teams up with the government for the first time to launch a global marketing campaign. After a rocky few weeks in the stock market, we find out today how Apple's earnings are doing.

Meat theft on the rise in U.K.

Apr 24, 2012
In the U.K., meat theft is on the rise and it's not just hungry individuals -- we're talking fully-fledged organized crime gangs. And it doesn't stop at supermarket meat either.
Posted In: UK, Food, meat, theft

Is IMAX making a comeback?

Apr 23, 2012
After a few years of 3D mania, this summer might be shaping up to mean the return of IMAX.
Posted In: movies, hollywood, IMAX

PODCAST: Wal-Mart under fire, French elections heat up

Apr 23, 2012
France is one step closer to replacing its conservative president with a socialist one. Ahead of the primaries tomorrow, Marketplace's David Gura visited two zip codes in Manhattan separated by Central Park which have donated the most money of any two neighborhoods in the country -- just to opposite candidates. There's a new lightbulb on sale this morning for the low low price of $60. And months after the Occupy Wall Street movement began, some members are looking towards public office.

Why the Wal-Mart bribery scandal comes as a surprise

Apr 23, 2012
As new details surface regarding a bribery scandal in Mexico, we speak to a Wal-Mart expert as to why this incident seems so out of character for the retail giant.
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