Marketplace AM for December 7, 2005

Episode Description 

Free credit

Two of Britain's biggest supermarket chains, including the Wal-Mart subsidiary Asda, have been accused of using their suppliers as a source of free credit. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Consumer Reports looks at drug side effects

The current issue of Consumer Reports magazine warns that consumers take popular medications without fully understanding their possible side effects. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Health

Anderson housing forecast

Housing starts and new home sales have been down. Today, UCLA's quarterly Anderson Forecast comes out. And it predicts that slowdown will continue. From WLRN in Miami, Dan Grech reports.

Reich on tax cuts

Commentator Robert Reich looks at the fiscal impacts of the major tax cut proposals currently before Congress.

Roadcasting

New technology is being developed to allow drivers to share music files with other motorists. Joel Rose looks at how it works.
Posted In: Science

NYSE/Archipelago update

Members of the New York Stock Exchange have approved the acquisition of electronic exchange operator Archipelago. Bob Moon looks at what's next for the Big Board.
Posted In: Wall Street

Kids food advertising

A report from the government's Institute of Medicine finds foods marketed to kids tend to be high in calories and low in nutrition. But as Helen Palmer reports, healthier alternatives are hard to market.
Posted In: Health

Clean coal

The Department of Energy has announced a partnership with private energy companies to develop a new, environmentally friendly coal-burning power plant. Alex Cohen reports.

Microloans

The UN releases a report today looking at the effectiveness of so-alled "micro-loans" in spurring economic growth in developing nations. Ethan Lindsey reports.
Posted In: Canada

USPS in the black

The United States Postal Service has announced it is going to end the year with a profit, but as Stacey Vanek-Smith reports, don't expect the post office to roll back those imminent postage increases.

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