Marketplace AM for March 17, 2006
Three years ago this weekend the US invaded Iraq. Beyond military spending, the US government has allocated $21 billion to rebuild the country. Pratap Chatterjee, director the non-profit group Corpwatch, spoke with Scott Jagow about where the money has gone.
In this week's installment we meet image consultant Samantha von Sperling, who teaches etiquette, interview skills and social skills. Did you know asparagus is to be eaten with the fingers?
One American beer maker has a suggestion for you: beer cocktails.Julie Moody takes us to Austin, Texas, where the idea is being tested on some music-festival fans.
With the growth of blogs, wireless cafes and online shopping, it seems like everyone in the US is online. But a new study shows America has dropped from fourth to 16th in the world in broadband access. Bente Birkeland reports.
Internet services company Softbank is buying the Japanese unit of Vodafone, the British mobile provider. It's one of the largest corporate takeovers in Japanese history, about $15 billion. Jocelyn Ford reports.
The Body Shop, known for its all-natural products, is being sold to the world's largest cosmetics company, L'Oreal. As L'Oreal put it, it's worth it. Stephen Beard reports.