Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, April 27, 2011

McDonalds, Starbucks, Subway rank as biggest chain restaurants

McDonalds, Subway and Starbucks are now the top three largest-selling chain restaurant in the United States. Darren Tristano of Technomic explains.
Posted In: Food

Sony hack risks personal information

Sony's PlayStation network has been offline for a week, locking out 77 million users. But news that personal information has been compromised may spark a user uproar.

Pope's beatification draws fewer tourists than expected

Pope John Paul II is getting beatified by the Vatican this Sunday. And while the spring season is usually a busy one for Rome and Vatican City, the big event seems to be keeping regular tourists away.
Posted In: Travel

J&J buys orthopedic company in $21.3 bil. deal

Johnson and Johnson has agreed to buy Swiss orthopedic medical device company Synthes -- a move addressing the needs of an aging population.
Posted In: Health

Britain's economy grows modestly in first quarter

The United Kingdom's gross domestic product rose 0.5 percent from the last quarter of 2010. The small growth is bad news for the U.K., a country still trying to climb out of recession.

Bernie Madoff speaks

New York Times journalist Diana Henriques is the only reporter to interview Bernie Madoff twice from prison. In her new book 'The Wizard of Lies' Henriques provides vivid details of the events that led up to, and followed, the largest Ponzi scheme in history.
Posted In: Investing

All ears on Bernanke's language at press conference

The Federal Reserve will host its first ever press conference today starring Fed chief Ben Bernanke. The Fed's nuanced language in today's public statement is intended to calm nervous markets and bankers.
Posted In: The Federal Reserve

Will the Fed end quantitative easing?

Richard DeKaser, economist with the Parthenon Group, explains the Federal Reserve's quantitative easing policy, and forecasts the future of the project.
Posted In: The Federal Reserve

Workplaces are safer, but major risks remain

The AFL/CIO reports that worker safety has improved in the 40 years since the Occupational Safety and Health Act was passed. But millions of workers remain at risk.
Posted In: Jobs

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Spanish Armada
Ratatat
The World's Gone Mad featuring Del The Funky Homosapien, Barrington Levy & Alex Kapranos (Album Version)
Handsome Boy Modeling School
Offbeat (Groove)
Madlib
M'bifé (balafon)
Amadou & Mariam

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