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Second month of positive signs in retail

Apr 16, 2012
The Commerce Department reports retail sales rose more than expected in March, by a solid 0.8 percent.
Posted In: spain, commerce, Retail

PODCAST: Home and garden sales up, China lets in the markets

Apr 16, 2012
Tax procrastinators can breathe easy as this year's deadline is tomorrow, April 17th. But many people across the country should be expecting a smaller refund than usual this time around. 'The Hunger Games' tops the box office for the fourth week in a row, but can it really be the next 'Avatar?' Oracle and Google face-off today in Federal Court over claims that Google's Android system is infringing on patent and copyrights on Oracle's technology.

Shadow banking: Still a threat

Apr 16, 2012
Shadow banking has grown since the financial crisis. Sr. Producer Paddy Hirsch casts a light on the system and explains why it's so dangerous.
Posted In: shadow banking, Banks, banking

PODCAST: GDP growth slips in China, political ads added to public radio

Apr 13, 2012
The last three months in China were the worst for the country's economic growth since early 2009 -- so what's going wrong? In St. Louis, the Stand Your Ground Law is coming under the spotlight, as the National Rifle Association holds its annual convention. We talk to L.A. Times consumer columnist David Lazarus about what to do when you are caught in an emergency at work. And where in the world should a savvy investor be looking to put their money this year?

ReMarket Podcast: How stories progress from night to day

Apr 13, 2012
A podcast taking you behind-the-scenes of our favorite stories from the past week: Facebook buying Instagram, hybrid car owners not buying twice and an in-depth look at lobster farming.
Posted In: remarket podcast

How working at home factors into the economy

Apr 12, 2012
The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits jumped last week by 13,000 to 380,000. But what about all those Americans working at home?
Posted In: women, labor, Unemployment

When people leaving their jobs is a good thing

Apr 12, 2012
The number of people signing up for unemployment benefits rose by 13,000 over the last week -- a surprise and not a good one. But more people voluntarily leaving their jobs can also be a good sign for the economy.
Posted In: Jobs, Unemployment

PODCAST: Inflation could be slowing, natural gas prices hit new low

Apr 12, 2012
New Orleans is gearing up for its annual Jazz Fest at the end of the month, but it turns out the Crescent City has a little work to do when it comes to the business side of things. Google has been doing a lot of spending lately, but is it also bringing in money from its bread-and-butter business -- those ads it sells next to search results? Elsewhere in the tech world, the Department of Justice is accusing Apple and five publishers fixing prices for electronic books, or e-books.

Changing the Washington, D.C. skyline

Apr 12, 2012
Leaders in Washington D.C. are talking about changing the current height regulations on buildings in the city.
Posted In: Washington D.C., architecture

Do Americans care about the Buffett Rule?

Apr 12, 2012
The Obama administration has been arguing strongly this week for the Buffett Rule, which would raise taxes on those making $1 million a year or more. According to the latest Gallup polls, a majority of Americans are in favor of it.
Posted In: Buffett Rule, Taxes

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