Marketplace PM for December 15, 2006

Episode Description 

Week on Wall Street

Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson discusses with host Kai Ryssdal what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.
Posted In: Wall Street

Nintendo has a Wii problem

The video-game maker says it's going to voluntarily exchange the straps for 3.2 million controllers on its new Wii system. Why? Let's say they've become out-of-controllers. Janet Babin reports.

Sour notes in digital music sales

A research report this week hinted that iTunes sales aren't so hot, and that digitial music overall might be in for some problems. Josh Bernoff, who wrote the report, talks about his findings with Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Retail

Time to give the siesta a rest?

Spain's government and business claim the traditional midday break for lunch and a nap is a luxury the country can no longer afford. Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Posted In: Canada

Coming back empty-handed

Treasury Secy. Henry Paulson and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke went to China for what they called a strategic economic dialogue. But somebody apparently forgot to tell the Chinese.Ruth Kirchner reports.
Posted In: Canada, Washington

Blair halts BAE-Saudi bribery probe

British Prime Minister Tony Blair is defending his decision to scrap a major corruption investigation. Saudi Arabia had threatened to pull out of a multibillion-dollar defense contract if he didn't. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada

Suit alleges a gallon isn't a gallon

A consumer fraud lawsuit accuses gas stations of selling fuel at higher temperatures than legally required in hot climates like Florida and Texas. What's the problem? Consumers could be paying for fumes. Dan Grech explains.

Check out anytime you like — and leave

The SEC has floated new rules making it easier for companies based overseas to de-list from stock exchanges here. John Dimsdale explains why foreigners are so eager to take their stock listings elsewhere.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

There's the rub: Where to put Wall Street statue?

One of Wall Street's famous statues of a bull and bear — said to bring good luck with a special touch — needs a new home. Commentator John Steele Gordon says someone should get on the ball to find a place for it.
Posted In: Wall Street