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Shopping revolutions

Dec 27, 2004
Big Box stores like Home Depot and Borders will be bustling even more than usual today as people scout for post-Christmas bargains. For better or worse, Robert Spector, author of "Category Killers" says these kinds of stores have come to dominate America's retail landscape. He joins host Matthew Algeo about some of the challenges they face as they continue to grow.

Taking control!

Dec 27, 2004
When Ely, Nevada's 4,000 residents heard their only department store was going to close, they went out of their way to attract Wal-Mart and other merchants. Faced with 200 mile-trips to purchase life's necessities, the town's leaders opened their own department store. Robin Urevich reports.

Christmas in Baghdad

Dec 24, 2004
In Iraq today...the 140,000 or U.S. servicemen and women serving in Iraq do their best to celebrate the holiday season American style. It isn't always easy - being so far from home. From Baghdad, Borzou Daragahi takes a look at how they try and handle it.

The Best Gift Ever - Gary Rogers

Dec 24, 2004
On this Christmas eve learn about the Best Gift Ever for Gary Rogers, CEO of Dreyers Grand ice cream.

The week that was ...

Dec 24, 2004
Host Kai Ryssdal and Dallas-based stock broker and analyst David Johnson look at the week that was, and the week that will be, on Wall Street.

The business of the Holidays

Dec 24, 2004
Christmas accounts for something like 40% of retail sales - but other holidays mean big business too. There's Stepparents' Day, Sweetest Day - and all those other ones such as Thanksgiving and Halloween. Host Kai Ryssdal speaks to Maud Lavin, editor of the recent book, The Business of Holidays, about commerce and celebration.

Michelle's Christmas...

Dec 24, 2004
Overindulgence could be the catchword for the holiday season. Spending too much on gifts is a given. But what about those extra perks you pick up for yourself? Does it pay off for the rest of the year? Marketplace commentator and actress Michelle Philippe can't stay out of the petite boutique.

Doggie spa

Dec 24, 2004
What do you give your pampered pooch this holiday season? Folks in Hollywood are opting to take Fido to the spa. Contributor Cash Peters has more.

Christmas and Sabado Gigante

Dec 24, 2004
Millions of people in North and South America will combine two traditions Saturday: Christmas and Sabado Gigante, the wildly popular Latin American TV program. Marketplace's Dan Grech takes us behind the scenes of this year's Christmas extravaganza to see why sponsors clamor to be part of the weekly variety show.

The Best Gift Ever - Gene Duncan

Dec 24, 2004
Meet Gene Duncan, President of Godiva Chocolates, and his Best Gift Ever!

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