Marketplace PM for Sept. 14, 2007
Marketplace's Tess Vigeland has volunteered to spend the next two weeks hauling her household trash around with her. She explains to Kai Ryssdal why she's so interested in this garbage.
Posted In: Retail
Some retailers now pay for "secret shoppers" to make sure their sales people are performing well. It's made the mystery-customer business an $800 million industry. But commentator Moira Manion, who works in retail sales, says it may not be money well spent.
California has become the 16th state to put limits on teenage drivers' use of electronic devices. But whether such actions by governments will also limit insurance rates is another matter entirely. Lisa Napoli reports.
Posted In: Auto, Jobs
The contract between the United Auto Workers and Detroit's Big Three carmakers is set to expire tonight at midnight. With Ford and Chrysler voting to extend their contracts, the union has singled out General Motors for special attention. Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Economy, Housing, Investing, Wall Street
The Bank of England stepped in with an offer of emergency credit today to bail out Northern Rock, one of the U.K.'s biggest mortgage companies. Stephen Beard reports it's just the latest sign the global liquidity squeeze might not yet be contained.