Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, April 23, 2012

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France is one step closer to replacing its conservative president with a socialist one. Ahead of the primaries tomorrow, Marketplace's David Gura visited two zip codes in Manhattan separated by Central Park which have donated the most money of any two neighborhoods in the country -- just to opposite candidates. There's a new lightbulb on sale this morning for the low low price of $60. And months after the Occupy Wall Street movement began, some members are looking towards public office.

Wal-Mart faces allegations of bribery in Mexico

The New York Times reports that Wal-Mart's Mexican subsidiary paid millions of dollars in bribes in order to put its stores all over Mexico.
Posted In: Walmart, Mexico, bribery

Markets hit by uncertainty of French election

European markets are down significantly, and that's being blamed on elections over the weekend in France that increase the likelihood that Conservative President Nicholas Sarkozy will lose his job.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, nicolas sarkozy

PODCAST: Wal-Mart under fire, French elections heat up

France is one step closer to replacing its conservative president with a socialist one. Ahead of the primaries tomorrow, Marketplace's David Gura visited two zip codes in Manhattan separated by Central Park which have donated the most money of any two neighborhoods in the country -- just to opposite candidates. There's a new lightbulb on sale this morning for the low low price of $60. And months after the Occupy Wall Street movement began, some members are looking towards public office.

Why the Wal-Mart bribery scandal comes as a surprise

As new details surface regarding a bribery scandal in Mexico, we speak to a Wal-Mart expert as to why this incident seems so out of character for the retail giant.
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In election 2012, a tale of two New York zip codes

There are hundreds of neighborhoods in New York City, each with a different flavor. Two of them, separated by Central Park, are known for their political fundraisers.
Posted In: New York City, 2012 election, Upper West Side

New LED light bulb lasts 20 years, sets you back $60

Just in time for Earth Day, Philips unveils a top-notch LED light bulb replacement for your 60-watters -- at a top-notch price.
Posted In: LED, light bulbs, Philips

Hasbro changes the rules of board game biz

Hasbro plans to revamp games like Monopoly and Life, after a 10 percent industry slump in game and puzzle sales last year.
Posted In: Hasbro, toys, games

Medicare, Social Security get annual checkup

A trustee report on the fiscal health of Medicare and Social Security will allow political parties to spin their message.
Posted In: Social Security, health care

Occupy movement gets into politics

Occupy Wall Street spurred a lot of political discussion. Now the movement is creating candidates for office.
Posted In: Occupy, Occupy Wall Street

French elections could shift euro debt crisis

Incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy came in second yesterday to Socialist Francois Hollande in the first round of voting. The two candidates will face a run-off on May 6th, and the ultimate outcome could have big consequences for Europe's debt crisis.
Posted In: France, nicolas sarkozy, Europe debt crisis

France, Netherlands backing down from austerity

Europe's strategy for dealing with it's debt crisis was called into question over the weekend following two big political developments: One in France, one in the Netherlands.
Posted In: austerity, France, Netherlands

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