Marketplace Morning Report®

with David Brancaccio

Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, December 26, 2011

The U.S. stock market is closed on this day after Christmas, which is shaping up to be one of the biggest shopping days of 2011, analysts say. And if you're planning to brave the crowds there may be a silver lining, especially if you plan to return or exchange a gift: many retailers are offering shoppers store credit for the difference between the original price of a product and the current sale price. Also on the show, a look at the growing cost of extreme weather events. And despite the down job market, high-tech companies are struggling to find software engineers.

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Stores today will be crowded with people returning gifts, but some shoppers will take advantage of a little-known policy of some stores to get money back on things they bought before Christmas but now are discounted.
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Google software engineers work in between foosball games at the company's Kirkland, Wash., offices, where employees are treated to a host of amenities.
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The eye of the storm: 2011 will go down in weather history as one of the most extreme and expensive on record.
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A lot happened while you slept. Marketplace Morning Report® host David Brancaccio explores the latest on markets, money, jobs and innovation, providing the context you need to make smart decisions.