Marketplace AM for February 8, 2006
Pricey jet fuel could cause an international incident at the world's third-largest airport. London's Heathrow Airport lost a third of its fuel reserves from a fire in December. Now United Airlines and American Air are upset with airport authorities as they stockpile more gas. Stephen Beard reports from London on the preferential treatment British carriers are getting.
Yesterday GM announced major pay and benefit cuts. Now Ford is offering a buyout deal to workers. It sounds hard to refuse: Lots of cash up front, IF you forfeit your benefits. That's one of the choices the Ford plant workers could be sifting through as the company moves forward with its restructuring plans. Janet Babin reports.
The growing corporate trend of freezing and phasing out pension plans is putting the squeeze on many employees on the verge of retirement. Tess Vigeland reports.
Commentator Rudy Maxa warns air travelers that a European experiment in charging fees to check luggage could be headed for the United States.
Google's taken a shot at Microsoft's dominance of the software market with the search engine's announcement that it was working with Dell to offer Google-powered desktop software on new computers. Stacey Vanek-Smith has more.
Investors are increasingly eyeing commercial real estate opportunities in India. Miranda Kennedy has more.
The online auction service has set its sights on Europe. But as Janet Babin reports, the Old World has some obstacles that might limit eBay's growth there.
A national retail group has challenged a new Maryland law that requires large employers like Wal-Mart to provide health coverage for workers. Jeff Tyler has more.