Marketplace for Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Episode Description 

NBA scores a slam dunk in China

The NBA's offiicially gone global. NBA China has opened for business. China is the league's biggest market outside the United States. And don't think sneaker companies and sports marketers haven't noticed. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Sports

Tabasco not such hot stuff anymore

The spicy red sauce created by the McIlhenny family isn't as hot a market leader as it once was. Jeffrey Rothfeder, who has written a book about the product and the family, explains to Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Books, Retail

Party at the gas station!

While Big Oil is pumping big profits, independent gas stations selling non-branded fuel are seeing hard times. But reporter Kate Golden found one stubborn holdout in Northern California who's doing a brisk trade by offering tasty foods, good talk and impulse buys.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship, Retail

Slow growth, less foreign money ... Worry?

The Fed says growth has slowed almost everywhere in the nation. And the Treasury Department says foreign investors are pulling their money out of U.S. markets at a record pace. What's this mean? Kai Ryssdal got the views of Alec Young of Standard & Poor's Equity Research.
Posted In: Economy

Going green is only good business

Lots of companies are going green. And they can't wait to tell you about it in their ads and press releases. But commentator Robert Reich says, Big whoop!

It's the BETTER Business Bureau

What could be a more straightforward brand than the Better Business Bureau? For some, though, the BBB's become the place to go to complain about business. So it's launched a nationwide campaign to let people know it does some other things, too. Steve Tripoli reports.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

Poor people supporting poorer people

A new study offers compelling evidence the labor market has gone global. Roughly 150 million people have left their homes and taken jobs abroad, and they send billions of dollars back home. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Immigration

Utilities seek emissions 'safety valve'

The latest version of a "cap and trade" plan for reducing carbon dioxide emissions is set to be introduced in the Senate. Big utility companies are petitioning the Senate for special relief. Sarah Gardner reports.