Marketplace for Friday, Aug. 8, 2008

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Hot Jobs: Mac's is big on Cape Cod

Mac's Seafood in Wellfleet, Mass., has been serving up eats to hungry beach-goers since 1995. For our Hot Jobs series, we stopped by to talk to one of the servers, who says the whole place really cooks.
Posted In: Jobs

Private-equity firm quietly makes deals

Private-equity firms invested just $50 billion in the U.S. in the first half of this year, compared to $300 billion last year. Private equity is a notoriously private business. But Amy Scott got a rare look at how one firm is adapting.
Posted In: Investing, Mergers and Acquisitions, Wall Street

Week on Wall Street

Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson chats with host Kai Ryssdal about what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.
Posted In: Wall Street

Firm gets good results from bad ideas

Tens of thousands of new consumer products hit American store shelves every year. About 90% fail. A Michigan consulting company collects many of those products, and companies pay big bucks to get inside and have a peek. Dustin Dwyer reports.

Safeway expands organic brand's sales

Some consumers are pushing their carts away from more expensive natural and organic brand names. So the Safeway grocery chain is offering its cheaper organic label -- even for competitors' shelves. Renita Jablonski reports.
Posted In: Food, Retail

Where's the loyalty to frequent fliers?

If you've redeemed frequent flier miles lately, you may have found airlines are adding fees to them. The idea behind frequent-flier programs was to build customer loyalty. How long can the fees continue before the loyalty disappears? Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Airlines, Travel

UBS tries buyback to raise confidence

UBS says it will buy back $19 billion-worth of auction-rate securities from its customers. With billions of losses already on its books, can UBS afford it? Bob Moon reports that maybe they can't afford not to.

Consumers feel Fannie Mae's pain

Fannie Mae announced a $2.3 billion loss for the quarter that ended in June, which makes some wonder what's next for the housing market and the American economy. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Housing

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