Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, February 28, 2008

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Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, February 28, 2008

Sears profit loss due to competition

This morning, Sears reported a 48 percent decline in quarterly profits. But Dan Grech reports there are other reasons the 121-year-old retailer's in trouble.
Posted In: Retail

House considers new ethics panel

The U.S. House is expected to vote today on whether to set up a new, independent panel to screen ethics complaints. But some worry the panel could launch political witch hunts. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.

Dairy Queen outlets sue corporate parent

Dairy Queen franchise owners in 10 states are suing their corporate parent for forcing them to modernize their business. Renita Jablonski reports a similar fast-food battle was also fought last year.
Posted In: Retail

Creating space is an art form

New York City is famous for its real estate issues, and the local museums are not exempt from space problems. Jill Barshay reports on a company that helps the art world find new space for valuable and sometimes fragile work.

Iraq War could cost trillions more

Congress estimated war costs in Afghanistan and Iraq would reach $1.3 trillion. But economist Joseph Stiglitz is testifying today that number will reach $3 trillion. Jeff Tyler reports the cost also considers veteran health care.
Posted In: Economy

Pilots hope to ground BA

British Airways pilots angry over a new trans-Atlantic subsidiary are threatening to strike, and pilots from American Airlines are offering their support. Stephen Beard reports why U.S. pilots are behind the strike.
Posted In: Jobs, Travel

We don't hang out with our coworkers

A study out finds that U.S. employees are socializing less with their coworkers than they did about 20 years ago. Lisa Napoli talks to the study's author, University of Michigan's Olenka Kacperczyk, about why.
Posted In: Jobs

Circular bidding to fix the bond market?

To help remedy the struggling bond auction market, federal regulators are being urged to get behind a plan that some bond sellers are pushing as a short-term fix. Bob Moon reports it could allow them to buy back their own IOUs.
Posted In: Wall Street

Where's the beef . . . from?

In response to the recent U.S. beef recall, consumer groups want the Department of Agriculture to release more information down the distribution line. John Dimsdale reports some say that could cause more confusion.
Posted In: Health

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I Typed For Miles
Jets To Brazil
Slow Down (Album Version)
Wyclef Jean featuring T.I.
Yegelle Tezeta
Mulatu Astatke
What's A Girl To Do?
Bat For Lashes