Marketplace for Thursday, May 8, 2008

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Corporate giants get fat on food crisis

In our continuing series, "Food Fight," we look at the profitable side of the global food crisis. Sarah Gardner reports on the big agribusiness firms that are breaking earnings records as everything from grains to soybeans skyrockets.

What will Americans do with rebates?

Tax-rebate checks go out Friday as part of the $150 billion economic stimulus effort. And retailers are eager for a cut of your cash. We went looking for some of the more unusual ways people are planning to spend their rebates. Kai Ryssdal reports.
Posted In: Economy, Taxes

China's next wave will hit our wallets

Commentator and investment strategist Andy Rothman says economic development pushed by Beijing will be great for Chinese workers and the environment, but now all of us will have to pay part of the cost.

Palace 2.0 mixes history, consumerism

In World War II, scores of cultural landmarks in Germany were destroyed, including former royal palaces. Some were rebuilt quickly, while others are only now being revived as Germans look to connect with their past. Brett Neely reports.
Posted In: Housing

Baskin-Robbins is going soft

Baskin-Robbins, the biggest ice cream chain in the world, says it's branching out into soft-serve. Ashley Milne-Tyte has the scoop.
Posted In: Retail

India halts trading to slow food prices

India's government has decided it's had enough with rising food prices. It has suspended futures trading for some key commodites there, including soybean oil, chickpeas and potatoes. Sam Eaton reports.

Laptop prices expected to rise too

While it seems the price of everything is rising, electronics -- computers in particular -- are getting more powerful and cheaper at the same time. But Lisa Napoli reports that's about to end.
Posted In: Economy, Retail

Fannie, Freddie ease mortgage rates

Mortgage rates in some markets came down today, with banks offering certain jumbo loans at a little above 6% -- a lot cheaper than last week. Banks are loosening up on lending again because Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have a new strategy. Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Economy, Housing

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