Features by Janet Babin
Posted In: Retail
Good news came from the Commerce Department today: it seems like retail sales numbers are up, thanks to auto sales and regular consumer spending. But taking a deeper look into the numbers, Janet Babin reports that it may all be more due to the season than actual spending.
Posted In: Personal Finance
Money figures a lot into relationships, and there can usually be a difference to how each partner handles their finances. But one study says that the financial planning should really be handled by the one who knows the numbers. Janet Babin reports.
Before the recession, pop-up stores were typically limited to Halloween costume shops and Christmas stores. But everyone from online retailers to established brick-and-mortar stores are now debuting pop-ups.
Posted In: Jobs, Law
So it's probably not the best idea to complain about your boss on Twitter or Facebook -- but the National Labor Relations Board argues that workers have the right to discuss working conditions on social media, positive or otherwise.
Posted In: Banks, Investing
BankUnited had to be saved by the FDIC a few years ago, only to later be bought out by private investors. As of last week, the company announced it is set to go public again, and the numbers are looking good for those looking to invest. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Banks
We could soon see the second coming of a poster child for the mortgage mess. Miami-based BankUnited went belly up after filling up on risky adjustable rate mortgages. Then the government swooped in and sold BankUnited to a group of private equity firms. Now those investors have announced they're ready to take the bank public. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Charity
Not many details have been released yet about the store, but the chain did say that it will give ALL the profits the store makes to charity. Marketplace's Janet Babin looks at what's in it for the chain.
Longtime NPR news analyst Juan Williams was fired for violating NPR's ethics policies. For public radio stations, the timing and the backlash is less than ideal. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Retail
In another trial by fire approach by retailers to try to attract more customers, Macy's has announced that it will collaborate with designers to offer limited-edition sales. Will it bring in the buyers? Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Crime
A meeting is scheduled in the fraud and insider trading case against three former Countrywide Financial executives. Reports say this signal that the SEC may have reached a settlement against the executives. Reporter Janet Babin talks the details with Bill Radke.