Marketplace PM for August 2, 2007

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The economics of giant pandas

U.S. zoos know that adorable baby pandas mean big crowds. But those air-conditioned caves cost a lot of money, and not all of those profits can go back into zoo coffers. Jeremy Hobson has the story.
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Toy recall raises timing questions

Removing all of the million recalled toys from shelves is a logistically complicated task for Mattel, which may explain the company's questionable timing. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Canada, Retail
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Paper transactions checking out

The merger of banking software makers Fiserve and Checkfree could speed up the death of the paper check. Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Investing
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A deeper look at U.S. infrastructure

While recovery efforts continue at the bridge collapse in Minneapolis, White House finger-pointing ensues. But problems with infrastructure are nothing new. Kai Ryssdal talks to Rod Diridon of the Minetta Transportation Institute.
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How super is the U.S. market for Tesco?

British grocery giant Tesco plans to roll out 100 stores in the western United States during the next year -- many of them in the kinds of places other supermarkets won't go. Jordan Davis reports.
Posted In: Canada, Retail
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Sports ticket scalping goes digital

Online ticket reseller StubHub has a new deal with Major League Baseball that give the site exclusive rights to resell tickets in concert with the league. Steve Henn explains why this might make it harder for fans to get reasonably priced seats.
Posted In: Retail, Sports
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U.S. still a good sport towards China

Despite problems with tainted imports, the U.S. still wants to do business in China, and is doing so increasingly through sports. Kai Ryssdal talks to business of sports commentator Diana Nyad.
Posted In: Canada, Sports

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