Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, February 7, 2008

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Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, February 7, 2008
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Retail sales down across the board

The latest retail figures made for a disappointing January for everyone from teen clothing vendors to Wal-Mart. Nancy Marshall Genzer looks at possible factors in the slump, including high gas prices and gift cards.
Posted In: Economy, Retail
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Cities purchase vacancies to help

A vacant home isn't the most desirable thing on the market, so cities across the country are offering to buy empty houses to help battle foreclosure damage on the real estate market. Jeff Tyler has more.
Posted In: Housing
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No interest rate cut for ECB

While the Federal Reserve's cure for an economic slowdown is to cut interest rates, the European Central Bank decided today against that move. Doug Krizner talks to Stephen Beard about where the ECB is most concerned.
Posted In: Economy
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U.S. meets on China's investments

The credit crunch has helped make China partial owners of Wall Street banks desperate for financing, and a hearing in Washington will help figure out what China's investments mean to the U.S. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
Posted In: Investing
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Business backed up at Mexican border

Long lines of people waiting to get documents checked at the U.S.-Mexico border is affecting businesses that once enjoyed freedom from a passport requirement. David Martin Davies reports who's affected, and how.
Posted In: Mexico, Retail
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Flight delays beyond airline control

Last year was the second-worst for flight delays, but some claim the problem may not be with the airlines. Rachel Dornhelm reports a shortage of air traffic controllers may have added to the problem.
Posted In: Jobs, Travel
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Growing too fast for our infrastructure?

Aside from a weak economy, cities around the world are struggling with crumbling infrastructure. Economics correspondent Chris Farrell talks to Scott Jagow about when we might start repairing this long-neglected issue.
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The Senate is not stimulated

Though close to passing, the economic stimulus package fell short of approval in the Senate by just one vote. John Dimsdale reports what's holding the package back, including an extra $40 billion requested by Senate Democrats.
Posted In: Economy

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Burning in the Sun
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Director: Bob Smeaton, Geoff Wonfor, Kevin Godley
Starring: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Neil Aspinall
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