Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, April 13, 2011

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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Retail sales rose slightly in March

Marshall Cohen, retail analyst with the NPD Group, explains why a small up-tick in retail sales is actually really good news.
Posted In: Retail

Obama expected to counter Republican budget plan

President Obama today will speak on his plans for reducing U.S. debt. He is expected to announce cuts to entitlement programs and tax increases. Economist Richard DeKaser explains.

Analysts hope for specifics in Obama's budget plan

Today President Obama will release his plan to reduce the long-term deficit. After critics called the last budget vague, economist Mark Zandi from Moody's Analytics is looking for specifics.

Study: American men do less household work than women

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has released a study examining gender inequality in the "unpaid economy" -- household chores and childcare for example. Their findings? Women in the United States work about 100 more unpaid minutes per day then men.
Posted In: Jobs

Shipping delays save car production, until now

The auto industry has staved off production stoppages thanks in part to lengthy shipping times for Japanese parts. But now, the shipments that left Japan before the tsunami have all been unloaded, and automakers face potential shutdowns.
Posted In: Auto

Obama to lay out deficit reduction strategy

Later this morning, President Obama will outline his plans for reducing the long-term deficit. The proposal is expected to focus on cuts to entitlement programs and tax increases.

Who can replace Oprah -- and nab her audience?

Replacing Oprah Winfrey won't be easy. Trying to grab her loyal daytime-afternoon audience may be more difficult.
Posted In: Entertainment

How much global GDP do the world's 150 largest cities account for?

The Globalist's Stephan Richter offers his latest quiz.

JPMorgan Chase kicks off bank earnings

Banks have been cleaning up their bad loans, but profit growth will depend on the new loans they make.
Posted In: Banks

Fuel efficiency could be reason behind decreased gas sales

Gasoline sales have been down for the past five weeks. One reason may be consumers buying and driving more fuel-efficient vehicles since the last gas price hike in 2008.
Posted In: Auto

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