Mid-day Update

PODCAST: Waiting for the Apple unveil, Oktoberfest economics

Mary Dooe Oct 4, 2011

Here are today’s top headlines from the Marketplace Morning Report and from around the web.

Apple’s first product announcement since Steve Jobs stepped down as CEO is happening today. Rumors are flying about what the new products might be.

Ford just announced a deal on a new four-year contract with the United Auto Workers. It trades annual pay raises for profit sharing.

Oil prices have fallen below $76 a barrel today — the lowest level in more than a year.

All those snack and coffee breaks add up. According to Forbes, a new study from office supply store Staples finds snack breaks eat up 2.4 billion hours of work time each year.

And in today’s podcast exclusive, we talk to a business owner in Munich about this year’s Oktoberfest and whether it too is feeling the economic blows.

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