Wal-Mart may be the biggest retailer in the world, but it doesn't even make the top 30 in China, where local stores dominate the market. That could change, if the Bentonville behemoth has its way. Patrick Hirsch reports.
US Treasury Secy. John Snow says the widening gap between high-paid and low-paid Americans shows how the nation's efficient labor market rewards more-productive workers. Kai Ryssdal speaks with John Dimsdale about Snow's remarks.
The British government spends more than $350 million annually on advertising. That makes it the third-largest advertiser in the United Kingdom. Why does a government have to spend so much on ads? Stephen Beard reports.
Next week, a play on four women going through the Change celebrates its fifth anniversary. The show's producer estimates that over a million people worldwide have seen the production. Who goes to see it? Commentator Sandra Tsing-Loh has an idea.
Shareholders of more than two dozen companies are concerned with more than just profits this year. They are wrestling with questions of climate change, and they want some answers. Sarah Gardner reports.
On Tuesday the High Court hears a case that boils down to a question of whether ideas can be patented. The outcome could effect effect thousands of patents issued on drugs, software and gene technology. Janet Babin reports.
It's been a good few weeks for the markets. The S&P 500 and the Dow both reached nearly five-year highs and appear to be going strong. Can the bull market hang on? Are we setting ourselves up for another fall? Alisa Roth reports.
Marketplace® is your liaison between economics and life. Noted for timely, relevant and accessible coverage of business news across both audio and digital platforms, Marketplace programs are heard by more than 12 million weekly listeners. This makes the Marketplace portfolio the most widely heard business or economic programming in the country.