Marketplace for Wednesday, October 31, 2012
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Halloween spending this year is expected to jump 10 percent. Freakonomics' Stephen Dubner about the best places to get candy on Halloween and how that ties in to charitable giving. Meanwhile, nearly 6,000 people are without power in Manhattan due to Superstorm Sandy, but some businesses are reopening. Many areas hit by Sandy are working hard to make sure voting isn’t disrupted on Election Day. Owners of flooded cars are making calls to their insurance companies. And a look into how some businesses were using the storm to promote their brands.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy
A New Yorker tells us about the commute into Manhattan today, after Superstorm Sandy.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy, flood, auto insurance
Insurers want to repair flooded cars rather than declare them a total loss. But water damage can show up later -- and flooding claims will show up on services like Carfax, taking down what a vehicle can get on the used-car market.
Posted In: NAFTA, trade, supply chain, arizona, Mexico, copper
Exports from big states like Texas, California and Michigan have soared since the 1990s when the North American Free Trade Agreement opened U.S. markets to Mexico. But not every state has been as savvy promoting cross-border trade.