Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, December 26, 2011

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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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Posted In: Detroit

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Posted In: Retail, sales

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