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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.