Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, February 29, 2008

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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, February 29, 2008

Consumer spending is still low

The Commerce Department reported this morning that consumer spending was flat for the second month in a row. Add to the equation the fact that inflation is on the rise, and Dan Grech reports it amounts to trouble.

London losing ground to New York

Though London has been considered the financial center of the world since the dot-com crash, a new report shows New York City is gaining ground in usurping that title. Stephen Beard reports.

Asian oil markets in vicious cycle

Asian markets flirting with oil prices of $103 a barrel at a time when countries are under pressure to hold the line on prices. Bob Moon gets insight into inflationary pressure with Raphael Minder of the Financial Times.
Posted In: Economy

In Jordan, hijabs inspire style

Some women in Jordan wear head scarves, or hijabs, more as a fashion statement than as part of religious practice. Alisa Roth reports on the different ways Jordanian women view the hijab.

For cats with a taste for design

Sick of seeing cat furniture that cost too much for little in the way of design, Elizabeth Paige Smith set out to make her own line of seductive, striking feline wares. Andrew Phelps has more.
Posted In: Retail

The heat is still on for spring

Heating oil prices normally fall around the onset of spring, but this year they're expected to keep rising through a colder than normal season. Jeff Tyler reports on what some are doing to save money.
Posted In: Economy

Girl Scouts prepare a slimmer cookie

Keeping with the trend of pre-portioned "100-calorie" snack packs, the Girl Scouts have developed a new low-fat cookie called the Cinna-Spin. Andrea Gardner reports the girls should cash in on the trend.
Posted In: Health, Retail

EPA denying stricter CO2 limits

California and 14 other states want tighter limits on greenhouse gas emissions from cars. But the EPA says it will deny the bid for stricter regulations. John Dimsdale reports it could have to do pressure from the auto industry.

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