Marketplace PM for November 28, 2005

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Not a fun week at Merck

Merck's announced plan to cut 7000 jobs isn't a shock - their stock dropped big time after they withdrew Vioxx, and potentially huge legal damages are on the horizon. Helen Palmer has more from the Health Desk at WGBH.
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Good start, slow finish?

The National Retail Federation says consumers spent 22% more during the Thanksgiving weekend than they did last year. So why are some analysts forecasting only a so-so holiday season? Amy Scott reports.
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Planning for terror

London's financial markets today faced a simulated disaster designed to test the strength of the financial system. It was the largest war game of its kind ever staged in a financial center. From London, Stephen Beard reports.
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Not so boffo

Movie attendance is down from this time last year, so studios are counting more than ever on the holiday movie season. Harry Potter helped boost Thanksgiving weekend; Stu Levine of Daily Variety considers the rest of the year.
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Playing with your retirement?

State & local governments have promised retirement benefits to millions of public employees. How much do those promises add up to? We're about to find out, and taxpayers may be in for a shock. John Dimsdale reports.
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Genetically modified corn, yum

No country has been more militant in its opposition to genetically modified food than France. But as John Laurenson reports from the south of France, some farmers have quietly started their own French resistance movement.
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Yuletide utiles; Scrooge would be so proud

'Tis the season for giving. But when it comes to buying presents, economist and commentator Susan Lee says a gift goes farther when it's just cold, hard cash.

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