Marketplace AM for May 9, 2006

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UK housing market

It's still a seller's market in Britain, thanks largely to super-rich buyers looking for prestige homes. Commentator David Wells argues that wealth does not always translate into good taste.
Posted In: Canada

GM's $768 million turnaround

Instead of losing $323 million in the first quarter, GM claimed yesterday it actually made $445 million. Tess Vigeland explains how the automaker arrived at the new figure.

Growth forecast: Average

Economists say a slowdown is coming, but considering gas prices and interest rates, things could be a lot worse. Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Economy

It's just a (bird flu) movie

ABC premiers a frightening vision of a bird flu pandemic tonight. In response, the poultry lobby has launched an ad campaign to remind viewers it's just a movie. Tess Vigeland reports.

Yahoo targets Google too

Microsoft launched a paid search platform last week. Monday Yahoo unveiled its new paid search service. Are these efforts enough to challenge Google? Steve Tripoli has more.
Posted In: Science

TiVo ads on demand

The latest gimmick from the provider of digital video recording services is to offer viewers advertising on demand. Say what? Cheryl Glaser reports.

CAFE standards revisited

The debate over fuel economy standards for new cars rages on in Washington this week. Faced with rising gas prices, a Senate panel today looks at raising fuel efficiency standards. Sam Eaton reports.
Posted In: Washington

Shareholder terrorism

Opponents of animal testing in the UK have taken their campaign to a new level, sending threatening letters to small shareholders of pharmaceutical giant Glaxo Smith Kline. From London, Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada

Seniors, sign up or pay more

President Bush is spearheading the government's push to enroll seniors in Medicare Part D, the drug benefit, before the May 15 deadline. Folks who don't sign up by Monday will have to pay more. Helen Palmer reports.
Posted In: Health, Washington

Toyota exec steps down

The CEO of Toyota North America is leaving his job right away. He's 65 and was planning to step down in June, but last week a former assistant filed a $190 million sexual harrassment suit against him. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Canada

What lurks beneath

Stephen Smith reports on how the Gulf Coast fishing and tourism industry is coping with the submerged debris left by Hurricane Katrina.

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