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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, February 12, 2010

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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, February 12, 2010

Retail sales rise despite unemployment

Retail sales rose by half of a percent in January -- more than expected. What's driving consumers right now? Steve Chiotakis talks to economist Conrad DeQuadros with RDQ Economics.
Posted In: Retail, Wall Street

Insurer profits rise while coverage falls

A report out from a pro-health reform group says profits shot up last year at the nation's top five private insurance companies. But at the same time, more than 2.5 million people lost coverage. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Health

Even if jobs return, wages won't

White House economic advisers released a grim-looking forecast for job growth, with unemployment staying around 9 percent at least through next year. Bill Radke goes deeper with economics correspondent Chris Farrell.

Marketplace Minute with Bill Radke 2/12

This week: eurozone woes, high-speed Google net, snow freezes business, and fallen Olympians.

Will Olympics be a bust for Vancouver?

City officials in Vancouver are optimistic about prospects for business as a result of the Winter Olympics. But if Utah's experience is any indicator, the Games may not be as profitable as the city would hope. Bob Moon reports.
Posted In: Sports

Stalled German economy will hurt euro

Germany was Europe's powerhouse in the first half of last year, helping pull the rest of the eurozone out of recession. But reports this morning indicate the German economy stagnated in the last quarter. Stephen Beard explores what this means for the euro.

NBA event is no slam dunk for top stars

The NBA's slam-dunk contest was once the big event of the season beyond the finals, but the contest hasn't been held in that high of a regard for a while. Nancy Farghalli reports what the dunking contest means for contestants now.
Posted In: Sports

A new movie biz model could mean love

The holiday crowd-pleaser Valentine's Day was reportedly made for under $50 million, though the credits boast an impressive list of celebrities. Jennifer Collins explores the how's and benefits of an all-star flick with a cost-effective approach.
Posted In: Entertainment

Republicans outraged over jobs bill

Despite stuck under piles of snow, key senators reached a bipartisan deal on a jobs bill. But in a surprise move, Majority Leader Harry Reid decided only a slimmed down bill should move forward. Steve Chiotakis talks to Marketplace's Brett Neely.
Posted In: Jobs

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