Marketplace AM for October 4, 2006

Episode Description 

Wal-Mart turning workers into voters

Retail giant Wal-Mart last week began giving its workers postage-paid voter registration cards and providing them information on pro-business candidates. Commentator Newt Gingrich says what's wrong with that?

Baby à la benefits

France is bucking Europe's trend of declining birthrates by providing benefits such as guaranteed parental leave and large childcare subsidies. Eleanor Beardsley has the story.

More bad housing news

Despite signs earlier this week that the housing market could be stabilizing, a new report out today finds the opposite. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Economy

Time to scrap the super-jumbo jet?

Following news that delivery of the Airbus A380 will be delayed until the second half of 2007, Ashley Milne-Tyte reports on whether it might be time for parent company EADS to cut its losses.
Posted In: Canada

Move over hot air dryers . . .

British entrepreneur James Dyson has launched a new hand dryer which he claims will revolutionize the restroom experience. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada

Steel glut seems imminent

U.S. steel makers say growing Chinese exports of cheap steel raise questions about the future of the American industry. Sam Eaton reports.

Mets compete with their pocketbook

New York's "other" baseball team starts its playoff run today. Lisa Napoli reports that the New York Mets' success is the product of hard work — and big spending.
Posted In: Sports

A little relief for U.S. automakers

Toyota's fuel-efficient line continues to outsell the rest of the field, but lower gas prices have taken some pressure off domestic automakers. Even sales of trucks and SUVs have bounced back a bit as prices at the pump drop. Hillary Wicai reports.