Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, February 13, 2009

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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, February 13, 2009

G7 ministers want focus on free trade

As the Group of Seven nations meets on financial concerns this morning, some are worried that free trade could go by the wayside. Germany's finance minister is warning against protectionism. Jennifer Collins reports.

Stimulus has a plan for housing market

The House could vote as early as today on that economic stimulus bill, and news of a plan to stop people from falling behind on their mortgages excited investors. Jeremy Hobson reports how the bill could help homeowners.

Relationships feel recession strain

Couples struggling in the current recession may also struggle with each other. Bill Radke talks to Gail Cunningham with the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, who suggests couples have an open talk about finances.

Stores mark down new fashions early

New York fashion week is kicking off, and many designers are fearing their new fall lines will be discounted before the season even begins. Over the holidays many stores slashed prices without telling designers. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Retail

British regulator criticized for bonuses

The agency that regulates Britain's banks is falling under criticism for bonuses to top bank executives. Critics warn that regulators shouldn't reward poor performance with cash. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Investing

Las Vegas means business

Economic fallout is hurting the Las Vegas convention industry, and part of it may have to do with the city's image as a getaway. The mayor and others want people to not feel guilty about doing business there. Bob Moon reports.

Combining love and work is an art

Hand crafters Michael Wood and Mona Harris met through work and fell in love, and eventually started working together. Mitchell Hartman reports to keep such a relationship healthy, you've got to be crafty.

Geithner will try to get G7 on board

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is attending the G7 conference in Rome, hoping to work together with finance ministers on the faltering economy. Steve Henn explores the pros and cons of conjoining efforts with other countries.

Toyota scaling back on U.S. production

Toyota is offering buyouts to some 18,000 workers and shortening its work week by eight hours at some plants in efforts to cut back U.S. production. Jeremy Hobson reports the automaker is doing everything possible not to lay off workers.
Posted In: Auto, Jobs

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Andalusia
The Hard to Get
Lovers In Japan
Coldplay
Love Builds Up
Electrelane
American Boy [Feat. Kanye West] Album Version)
Estelle
Love Is the Drug (1999 - Remaster)
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