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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, January 25, 2008

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Citigroup cutting back on new branches

News of Citigroup's cutback on new branches came the same day as an announcement of a new political union calling for more bank services in low-income communities. Steve Tripoli has more.
Posted In: Wall Street

Microsoft profits due to recent sales

Microsoft revenue hit a record this quarter, which analysts are attributing to sales of recently released products such as Vista. Jeremy Hobson the company expects the sales uptick to continue into the fiscal year.
Posted In: Wall Street

Colombia deal uphill battle in Congress

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is in Colombia with 10 House Democrats to talk about a free-trade agreement with Colombia. John Dimsdale reports why many Democrats are not so supportive of the deal.

Writers and producers back at the table

With the Oscars ceremony fast on its way and directors' contracts renewed, TV and movie writers are once again negotiating with producers. Variety's Mike Speier talks to Doug Krizner about what happens now.
Posted In: Entertainment, Jobs

Florida weighs a cut in property taxes

On Tuesday, Floridians will vote on an amendment that will cut their property taxes, intended to relieve some of the pressure from the housing market. Dan Grech examines views for and against the measure.
Posted In: Housing, Taxes

Anti-smoking will be bigger business

A report out today indicates the next decade will bring a new wave of products to help people quit smoking. And Danielle Karson reports the smoking cessation industry is expected to become much more lucrative.
Posted In: Health

Oil demand could soon outstrip supply

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Shell's CEO announced the world demand for oil would outstrip supply within seven years. European correspondent Stephen Beard outlines two possible resulting scenarios with Scott Jagow.

No more Filipino help for Jordan

The Philippines has banned its workers from going to Jordan as it deals with human rights abuses of its migrants there. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports Jordan might rely enough on Filipino workers to feel the squeeze.
Posted In: Crime, Jobs

Baby formula additives under scrutiny

An organic watchdog group is claiming the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids in baby formulas are unclear. Sarah Gardner details some of the reported side effects of the additives and how formula makers are responding.
Posted In: Health, Retail

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