Marketplace for Monday, September 21, 2009

Episode Description 

Vacant storefronts ending up in chains

Storefronts left empty from the recession are driving down rents for retail spaces in most major cities. And national chains are taking advantage. Sally Herships reports on how New York City is an example of the changing retail landscape.
Posted In: Housing, Retail

Congress looks to limit debit card fees

As more consumers are using debit cards for purchases, banks are seeing a decline in late fees and interest charges on credit cards. So they're looking to make up the difference -- and lawmakers have noticed. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

Africa finally to plug in high-speed lines

Fewer than 7% of Africans are connected to the Internet, compared to three out of four North Americans. But the imminent arrival of fiber-optic cables to the continent is expected to spark a telecommunications boom. Gretchen Wilson reports.
Posted In: Internet

Netflix winners are also interested in ...

Netflix has announced the winners of its contest to increase the accuracy of the algorithm that prompts customers to rent or buy other movies. Host Bob Moon talks with two programmers from the team that won the $1 million prize.
Posted In: Entertainment, Internet

FCC chief sets 'Net neutrality' plan

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski has laid out his plan for ensuring consumers' unrestricted access to the Internet, without having their connections slowed down or blocked by service providers. Joel Rose reports.
Posted In: Internet

Subway's growth is on a roll

Subway is about to overtake rival burger giants and become the world's most ubiquitous restaurant. Soon, the number of Subway outlets will outnumber McDonald's. Jeff Tyler reports on what's behind the growth.
Posted In: Food, Retail

Recession gives G20 a lot to talk about

Leaders of the top 20 economies gather this week in Pittsburgh to figure out how to unwind from the worst global recession any of them have ever seen. Marketplace London Bureau Chief Stephen Beard looks ahead to the G20 Summit with host Bob Moon.
Posted In: Economy

Executive pay reform now at the table

With executive compensation topping this week's G20 Summit agenda and the Fed considering limits on bank execs' pay packages, corporate America is getting the message. A business group is now proposing its own reforms. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Jobs

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