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U.N. summit looks at rising food prices

Sep 24, 2010
Rising world food prices will be the topic of an emergency U.N. meeting in Rome. The aim is to find a way to restore stability in the food markets and avoid riots like those that occurred two years ago.
Posted In: Food

India's Commonwealth Games woes

Sep 23, 2010
There's an emergency meeting in Delhi, India, over shoddy facilities and security at the Commonwealth Games. The international, multi-sport event features competition among thousands of athletes from members of the British Commonwealth. But several teams are threatening to pull out.

Sealskin ban puts ruffle in Scottish kilts

Sep 22, 2010
The sporran is the little pouch that for centuries the Scottish have attached to their kilts. But its production is under threat. The EU banned the sale of sealskin recently, which is the preferred material to make a sporran.

More pregnancy leave upsets Euro biz

Sep 17, 2010
If you're an expectant mother in the U.S., the Family and Medical Leave Act gives 12 weeks unpaid leave. But in Europe, pregnant women get 14 weeks and part of their salary. Now there are plans to give them even more.

Cost of pope's visit to U.K. upsets some

Sep 16, 2010
Pope Benedict XVI is in Scotland meeting Queen Elizabeth. But his visit to the U.K. is marred in controversy because it will be paid in part by the British government.

Japan intentionally weakens currency

Sep 15, 2010
The Bank of Japan took a big step overnight to help the Japanese economy. It intentionally weakened Japan's currency for the first time in six years.

Consumers pay for rising cotton prices

Sep 14, 2010
The price of cotton has risen more than 50 percent in the past year due to droughts and floods wiping out a lot of the cotton harvest in China and Pakistan. That may have a big impact on the cost of making clothes.
Posted In: Retail

U.K. unions may strike over budget cuts

Sep 13, 2010
As the U.K. grapples with budget cuts, unions are so angry over, they're calling for a widespread protests. Could they bring the country to a halt?

Irish plan to split failed bank

Sep 9, 2010
When Ireland's Anglo-Irish bank failed, it nearly bankrupted the nation. Now the Irish government says it has a plan to split the bank up.

EU divided over bank transaction tax

Sep 8, 2010
The European Union continues to divide over plans to tax the banks. The bank tax is supposed to curb financial risk-taking and help prevent a future financial crisis. But there are a number of perspectives.

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You hear it a lot: For the economy to get better, we all have to spend more. Consumer confidence, consumer spending, consumer interest, consumer debt.... it's the consumer economy. But didn't spending too much get us in trouble a few years ago? Can we afford the consumer economy? Marketplace explores how we consume, what we get from it, what it costs, and whether we can keep it up.