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Marketplace Morning Report

Sabri Ben-Achour

Correspondent & Host

SHORT BIO

My job is to do what I can to help all of us understand the economic forces that shape our lives and our world.

What was your first job?

I was a waiter!

What do you think is the hardest part of your job that no one knows?

It can be hard to break down complex topics quickly and fairly.

In your next life, what would your career be?

A chemist or a geneticist, I think.

What’s your most memorable Marketplace moment?

Playing with giant horseshoe crabs under the moonlight as they swam ashore to spawn. (It was for a story on how their blood is used in the medical industry).

What’s the favorite item in your workspace and why?

My plants. I water them when I'm stressed. They get a lot of water.

Latest Stories from Sabri (81)

Tech companies get a win in the USMCA

by Sabri Ben-Achour Dec 11, 2019
The treaty will extend to Canada and Mexico a provision of U.S. law that protects them from being sued for what their users' do.
Hector Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images

The top body at the WTO is about to stop functioning

by Sabri Ben-Achour Dec 5, 2019
The Appellate Body, a supreme court of trade, will effectively be no more.
The World Trade Organization headquarters in Geneva.
Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images

Where are the shopping deals this year?

by Sabri Ben-Achour Nov 27, 2019
In clothing and appliances, sure. In furniture, not so much.
Shoppers walk past a 'Black Friday Sale' sign at a mall in 2018 in Naples, Florida.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

What is consumer confidence, anyway?

by Sabri Ben-Achour Nov 26, 2019
The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index has fallen for the fourth straight month, but what does that really mean?
Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The search for tastier grocery store tomatoes is closing in

by Sabri Ben-Achour Nov 22, 2019
While identifying lost flavor genes and bringing them back has been tricky, some scientists are determined.
The flavor of tomatoes is hard to track, unlike disease.
Scott Olson/Getty Images

Investment in online purchase, curbside pickup pays off for Target

by Sabri Ben-Achour Nov 20, 2019
They helped the retailer post a 31% gain in digital sales over the last quarter.
A Target in Albany, California.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Trump visits Apple factory at crunch time for Apple

by Sabri Ben-Achour Nov 20, 2019
Apple needs to secure additional tariff exemptions before the next round on Dec. 15.
Apple's new Mac Pro on display in the showroom during Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California on June 3, 2019.
BRITTANY HOSEA-SMALL/AFP/Getty Images

The big problem for small business? Finding qualified people to hire

by Sabri Ben-Achour Nov 12, 2019
One in four small businesses is having a hard time recruiting, according to the National Federation of Independent Business.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Can a credit card be sexist?

by Erika Beras and Sabri Ben-Achour Nov 11, 2019
It is alleged that the Apple Card offers higher credits to men than it does women — on that basis alone.
Jennifer Bailey, vice president of Apple Pay, speaks during an Apple product launch event at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park on March 25 in Cupertino, California.
Michael Short/Getty Images

What is a contraction exactly?

by Sabri Ben-Achour Nov 1, 2019
The National Bureau of Economic Research’s Business Cycle Dating Committee makes the call.
A contraction is an unofficial term for an economic slowdown.
Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

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