Marketplace PM for July 13, 2007

Episode Description 

Retail's down, consumer hopes are up?

The Commerce Department said June retail sales posted their steepest drop in nearly two years compared to May. Yet, at the same time, consumers said they're more optimistic about the economy and their pocketbooks. Jill Barshay sorts it out.
Posted In: Economy, Retail

Blackstone exploits another loophole

Last month when the Blackstone Group went public there were protests over how it engineered a deal allowing it to pay less than half the tax rate paid by most other public companies. Well, it's now reportedly done itself one better. Steve Henn explains.
Posted In: Wall Street

Will Internet radio fall silent?

On Sunday a huge hike in music royalties for webcasters goes into effect that could threaten many Internet radio sites. Bob Moon talks to Tim Westergren and John Simson, who hold opposing views on the issue.
Posted In: Entertainment

Quality is up at mid-priced hotels

Hotel chains are doing a lot more to attract your business these days. With competition heating up, they're investing in things like flatscreen TVs and MP3 players to entice you to stay. Alex Goldmark checks in.
Posted In: Travel

Week on Wall Street

Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson talks with host Bob Moon about Wall Street's big week and what may lie ahead.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

This trend doesn't come cheap

The new brand A Bathing Ape is the latest fashion craze for urban teens. Youth Radio's Ayesha Walker loves to shop, but she's not so hot on the high price for a hooded sweatshirt, and the fact that kids wearing them are targeted for theft.
Posted In: Retail

A French revolution on two wheels

Paris is launching one of the the biggest city bike networks the world has ever seen. For a small fee, Parisians will be able to borrow a bicycle at one of 750 stations around the city. John Laurenson went for a ride.

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'Tis the Season for Los Straitjackets
Los Straitjackets
Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand
Reggatta De Blanc
Nobody, Elvin Estela, Freestyle Fellowship, Medusa, Abstract Rude, Aceyalone, Mex
Amelie: Original Soundtrack Recording
Yann Tiersen

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