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Marketplace for Friday, December 11, 2009

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Marketplace for Friday, December 11, 2009

Antiques offer clue on economic health

The basic premise behind the TV show "Antiques Roadshow" is that there's no accounting for taste. Kai Ryssdal reports on how the collectibles market can say a lot about the economy.
Posted In: Entertainment

NYC cyclists bike into buildings

Bike commuting is more popular than ever, and many cities are taking steps to accommodate two-wheelers. In New York City, a new law will allow people to bring bikes into office buildings. But some cyclists will be left out in the cold. Andrea Bernstein reports.
Posted In: Travel

Employee benefits start to come back

This time last year, companies laid off millions of people and a lot of workers saw their benefits dry up. Now some companies are resurrecting the benefits they scrapped a year ago. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Jobs

Business inventory increase a good sign

The Commerce Department says that after more than a year of cutting back, business owners started restocking their shelves in October. Amy Scott reports that bodes well for the economy.
Posted In: Retail

Reinventing cities critical to climate

Most of the hard work building a low-carbon economy and lifestyle is going to be done in local communities. Commentator Alex Steffen says more than ever, acting globally means acting locally.

Weekly Wrap: Economic roundup

Reuters blogger Felix Salmon and Clusterstock.com's John Carney talk with Kai Ryssdal about the TARP extension and President Obama's plans to create jobs.
Posted In: Wall Street

Indian, Chinese growth helps U.S. firms

China's economy will probably grow more than 8% this year, and in the last quarter India's economy showed its fastest growth in 1.5 years. What's this mean for the U.S.? Alisa Roth reports.

Small biz may get help from TARP

President Obama will soon meet with top executives from the nation's largest banks. He's going to ask them why they aren't lending more, and he's going to sweeten the deal for banks that lend to small businesses. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Economy

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Pebble to a Pearl
Nikka Costa
Watching The Detectives (Single Version)
Elvis Costello
Sarah Through The Wall
Brad Barr