Marketplace for Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Episode Description 

Music biz's future rests on key changes

When it comes to file sharing and illegal downloads, it's the big music labels that complain the loudest about being ripped off. Bob Moon reports on some ideas that might help the recording industry face the musical future.
Posted In: Entertainment, Retail

Fed moves leave the little guy stuck

The Fed has done its bit to help out the mortgage-induced credit crunch by lowering interest rates. Commentator Robert Reich says that's great for lenders and investors, but it won't do a thing for the little guy.
Posted In: Housing, Wall Street

China inflation coming to U.S. price tags

China's having inflation worries of its own. Beijing imposed price controls today on almost everything. The rising cost of food is the most worrisome in a country that has 1.3 billion people to feed. But Scott Tong reports the Chinese won't be the only ones paying the price.

Investment banks still counting losses

Analysts were pleasantly surprised when Lehman Brothers reported a mere 3% drop in profits yesterday. But Morgan Stanley said today its earnings fell 17%, with almost $1 billion in bad loans to write off. Marketplace's Amy Scott explains the disparity.

U.S. dollar drops to loonie level

The U.S. greenback is within a penny of the Canadian dollar -- something that hasn't happened in decades. Alison Myers reports that it could mean a lift for American retailers.
Posted In: Canada, Travel

GM, UAW may put faith in trust fund

General Motors and the United Auto Workers today got back to hammering out a new contract that could be a model for deals with Ford and Chrysler. Jeff Tyler reports the two sides are getting creative to solve the critical problem of healthcare costs.
Posted In: Auto, Jobs

Inflation turns on global economy

For the first time in almost a year the Consumer Price Index dropped in August. Roll that in with the reported drop in wholesale prices and it's a nifty economic shapshot, no? But Jill Barshay reports the picture's actually not so clear.
Posted In: Economy, Retail

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