Marketplace AM for February 8, 2006

Episode Description 

Fuel wars at Heathrow

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.

Ford makes employees an offer

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 new retirement

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.

Luggage tax

Commentator Rudy Maxa warns air travelers that a European experiment in charging fees to check luggage could be headed for the United States.

Google Desktop?

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.

Growth slows in consumer debt

The rate of consumer borrowing last year grew at its lowest rate in 13 years, according to a newly released report from the Federal Reserve. Tess Vigeland takes a look at what's behind the numbers.
Posted In: Economy

India's commercial real estate boom

Investors are increasingly eyeing commercial real estate opportunities in India. Miranda Kennedy has more.

Toll Brothers grim?

The luxury homebuilder predicts orders for new homes will fall by almost 30% this quarter. With this and other glum real estate predictions recently, what's the outlook for home prices? Alisa Roth takes a look.
Posted In: Economy

e(uro)Bay

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.

Retail revolt

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.