Marketplace for Friday, Sept. 5, 2008

Episode Description 

Paulson's successor faces more crises

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has announced he will step down when the new president is sworn into office in January. Commentator Bill McConnell has some thoughts on what's in store for the next Treasury secretary.
Posted In: Economy

Betting on premium chocolate lovers

These days, many Americans are saying good-bye to life's little luxuries. But one Minneapolis business owner is hoping consumers won't let the sinking economy beat their love of chocolate. Annie Baxter reports.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship, Food

Big Story: Falling oil prices

Oil has been a big story all week, as hedge funds and traders have tried to figure out what the falling prices mean. Tess Vigeland takes a closer look with Kai Ryssdal.

Chinese prefer paying with cash

China is in the middle of a huge boom in consumer spending, which would seem to be good news for credit card companies. But the Chinese haven't warmed to the idea of paying with plastic. Lisa Chow reports.
Posted In: Investing

Value of U.S. assets worries China

China's central bank is reported to be concerned about its relatively low capital base, which is partly a result of the economic problems in the United States. Ashley Milne-Tyte has more.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

At $200, one laptop per everyone?

The non-profit program called One Laptop Per Child will be teaming up with big business this holiday season to make it easier for anyone to buy one of its $200 models. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Charity, Education

Made-to-order no longer computes

Dell is looking to revamp its signature process of building its products to order. And it's reportedly talking about selling off most of its facilities and having somebody else make its computers. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Retail

Jobless rate's just the start of bad news

Unemployment hit 6.1% last month -- the highest in nearly five years. It was the 8th-straight month of fewer jobs, with a total drop of 600,000 jobs this year. But some economists believe the real story is even uglier. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Economy, Jobs