Marketplace for Tuesday, December 25, 2012

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Merry Christmas! Hopefully you're spending it with loved ones. Some people have to work today. We look at why more businesses are open on Christmas. And are you planning to watch a movie? Hollywood's having a good year. Plus, stories on super PACs, the business of family business in Japan, how new technology is helping Sweden care for its aging population, and the latest in our series "What's up, Europe?"

Merry Hollywood returns

Two big movies open today -- "Les Miserables" and "Django Unchained." Overall, movie attendance is up this year. And that's after two years of ticket declines. So what's got movie industry singing?
Posted In: movie theaters, movies, hollywood

Open for business on Christmas

More businesses are open on Christmas Day than before. So what's behind the working holiday?
Posted In: Christmas

In Japan, importance of family business opens up opportunities

Family businesses dominate Japan's corporate landscape. For generations, sons have always taken on the top job. But what happens if there's not a male heir to inherit the business?
Posted In: Japan, family business

2012: Reviewing the year of the super PAC

Super PACs spent big money on the 2012 election. But some of the biggest donors didn't exactly get a good rate of return. So, can we expect more big spending the next election cycle?
Posted In: Election 2012, super PACs

New technology helps Swedish care for elderly

Sweden has taken giant steps when it comes to heath care. With one of the oldest populations and highest life expectancies in the world, the Scandinavian nation is using new medical technology to care for its aging citizens.
Posted In: Sweden, aging, elderly care

What's up, Europe? Christmas in Scotland

Matt Smith, an ex-pat living in Edinburgh, Scotland, talks about what Christmas -- and holiday shopping -- is like away from the States.
Posted In: Whats up Europe

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