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General Electric, McDonald's report earnings

Apr 23, 2012
McDonald's said today its profits were up 7 percent last quarter, thanks to a 9 percent rise in U.S. restaurant sales and a 5 percent boost in Europe. Also General Electric reported an 11 percent drop in profit during the first three months of the year.
Posted In: McDonald's, General Electric, Europe

Markets hit by uncertainty of French election

Apr 23, 2012
European markets are down significantly, and that's being blamed on elections over the weekend in France that increase the likelihood that Conservative President Nicholas Sarkozy will lose his job.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, nicolas sarkozy

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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New York voices on the U.S. economy

Apr 23, 2012
The New York primary is Tuesday, the presidential election is this fall. What do New Yorkers want?
Posted In: New York City

PODCAST: GE earnings, a possible US Airways merger, and a fight in the northern states

Apr 20, 2012
While there's been some not-so-great economic news lately, Marketplace economics correspondent Chris Farrell says to forget all you're hearing from Wall Street and Washington and focus on what's going on in America's 'middleweight cities.' There are new details today in a major political scandal in China involving the case of the once powerful Chinese official Bo Xilai. Stadiums are often put into bad parts of town to make them better, and Fenway Park in Boston -- which turns 100 today -- was no exception. And U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack talks about the Farm Bill.

ReMarket Podcast: The haves and the have-nots

Apr 20, 2012
A podcast taking you behind-the-scenes of our favorite stories from the past week: Wendell Pierce from"The Wire" opens a chain of supermarkets, Louisiana schools plan for a voucher system and listeners speak out on who should pay for public radio.
Posted In: remarket podcast

Saving one park at a time

Apr 20, 2012
California is planning to close one quarter of its state parks, but if volunteer Carolyn Schoff has her way, Pio Pico Park won't be one of them.
Posted In: state parks, budget crisis, california

Why the middleweight cities matter

Apr 20, 2012
Forget those mega-cities like Los Angeles and New York -- a new study shows the economic dynamism of middleweight cities like Pittsburgh and the Twin Cities.
Posted In: Pittsburgh, Portland, middleweight cities, U.S.

Americans, employment and the 'Optimism Gap'

Apr 19, 2012
In just a little while, we'll hear the latest on how many people were forced to sign up for unemployment benefits. But how's the job market doing if you actually ask people?
Posted In: Gallup, Jobs, Unemployment