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Music biz's future rests on key changes

Sep 19, 2007
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

Inflation turns on global economy

Sep 19, 2007
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

Farmers question roots of safety rules

Sep 17, 2007
In the year since the E. coli outbreak was traced to Salinas Valley spinach, California's salad industry has lost tens of millions of dollars. Processors have come up with new ways to protect the food supply. But some say they've gone too far. John Ryan reports.
Posted In: Health, Retail

Ruling won't dethrone Microsoft

Sep 17, 2007
A European court found Microsoft guilty of breaking competition law and not ensuring software compatibility. But Stephen Beard reports that the ruling might not have a major effect on the company's market dominance.
Posted In: Retail

Don't be sold on secret shoppers

Sep 14, 2007
Some retailers now pay for "secret shoppers" to make sure their sales people are performing well. It's made the mystery-customer business an $800 million industry. But commentator Moira Manion, who works in retail sales, says it may not be money well spent.
Posted In: Retail

Luxury retail's not hurting

Sep 14, 2007
While much of the retail economy is feeling the pinch of subprime, luxury spending seems only to be growing. But Steve Henn reports the high-end market could be skewing retail numbers across the board.
Posted In: Economy, Retail

Can Italians really give up pasta?

Sep 13, 2007
With the price of wheat at an all-time high, consumer groups in Italy are urging people to go on a pasta strike for one day. Reporter Megan Williams talks to Scott Jagow from Rome about whether or not this is actually possible.
Posted In: Retail

O.J.'s new book: Goldman did it

Sep 12, 2007
If you thought O.J. Simpson's new book had been abandoned in the face of public outrage, it had. Now one of the leaders of that protest will be profiting from the book instead. Tim Rutten of the Los Angeles Times explains.
Posted In: Books, Crime, Retail

China promises safe toys for Christmas

Sep 12, 2007
With the holiday season looming on the horizon, China is promising buyers that toys made within its borders will be safe for kids come Christmas. Kai Ryssdal talks with toy expert Chris Byrne about the future of "Made in China."
Posted In: Retail

Wal-Mart changes slogan, strategy

Sep 12, 2007
Wal-Mart is changing its slogan of "Always low prices" that it's had for 19 years. Jill Barshay reports that the change shows how the retail giant is adapting to the growing sophistication of its customers.
Posted In: Retail

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