Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, March 24, 2011

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Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, March 24, 2011

The cost of comedy

The average price of laughter is up this year, according to the 2011 Cost of Laughing index -- an unusual sign of economic growth.
Posted In: Entertainment

Former White House economists sound budget alarm

Ten former chairs of the Council of Economic Advisers write in an op-ed for Politico that the political battle over this year's budget is a distraction from the more "dire" problem -- the structural budget deficit.
Posted In: Economy

Libyan shopkeepers, citizens cope with military action

The BBC's Tony Fallshaw reports from Tripoli on the effect of the no-fly zone on shop, gas stations, and citizens in the city.

China steps in to fill Japan supply chain

Manufacturing companies worldwide are responding to changes in the supply chain after the Japan tsunami. Now, many Chinese companies want to fill in the production gaps, a move that could cost Japan billions of dollars.
Posted In: Auto

Another domino in the European debt crisis?

Portugal's prime minister resigned after the country's parliament rejected a key round of budget cuts. Investors responded negatively -- making it more expensive for the country to borrow money.

Japan quake to affect manufacturing industry

Other countries in manufacturing could see benefits as Japan's industry tries to recover.

The positive side of the AT&T-T-Mobile merger

The acquisition is a sign that CEOs are willing to take risks again and expand businesses.
Posted In: Mergers and Acquisitions

The middle of America is moving, again

The mean center of population distribution changes every time the census data is recorded, and it looks to have moved from the past decade.
Posted In: Economy

Best Buy considers makeover to distinguish itself from competitors

Best Buy hopes to win back market share from Wal-Mart and online retailers by redesigning stores and changing the customer service experience.
Posted In: Retail

Music from this show

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Cornflake Girl
Tori Amos
Stars All Seem to Weep
Beth Orton
Processed Beats
White Noise
The Sparrow Looks Up At The Machine
The Flaming Lips

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