Marketplace PM for April 12, 2007

Episode Description 

Not the usual retail Gap

While some retailers aren't expecting to report great numbers, Gap had none of that negativity — which is a pretty big change. Amy Scott reports the company may be recovering some of its lost luster.
Posted In: Retail

Will pet food makers be on a shorter leash?

At a congressional hearing today, Senators heard calls for more inspections of pet food. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Health, Retail, Washington

Vonage may have to hang it up

The company that played a big role in putting Internet phone calls on the map let loose what might be its death rattle today. Lisa Napoli reports.

Our very own vending-machine price index

Here are the latest economic indicators from our office vending machine: corn chips, up 10%; soda, up a dime; tiny donuts, up 30 cents! So we called economist Dan Basse to find out what's going on.
Posted In: Retail

Trying to leave 'No Child Left Behind'

The affluent Fairfax County, Va., school district has a big meeting in Washington tomorrow. It's a last-ditch effort to avoid millions of dollars in fines for not complying with the No Child Left Behind Act. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Washington

This time, black money's doing the talking

CBS fired radio host Don Imus today over his racial slur against Rutgers' women's basketball team. As always, money talked. Advertisers were bailing out. Commentator Marcellus Andrews points out that in this case, it's black money.

The French like their taxes

French presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy is promising to cut taxes. You might think that would be a winning platform in one of the most highly taxed countries in the world. <em>Au contraire</em>, as John Laurenson reports.
Posted In: Taxes