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Feb 24, 2020

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This Is Uncomfortable
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Marielle Segarra

Reporter

SHORT BIO

As a reporter for Marketplace, my job is to show people how the ins and outs of the economy are relevant to their lives. That has meant explaining things like how a mall closure can gut a town's budget, how drug shortages are making it harder for doctors to treat patients and how a typo in the new tax law is causing retailers to hold off on store renovations. I'm also interested in the psychology behind the economic decisions we make.

What was your first job?

Summer camp counselor to a bunch of 5-year-olds.

In your next life, what would your career be?

I think I would still want to create things. Maybe I'd be a chef. Or an interior designer. Or I'd write for a TV show.

Fill in the blank: Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you ______.

Financial stability, which is a good start.

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

My stash of chocolate.

Latest Stories from Marielle (272)

How Bath & Body Works is still going strong

by Marielle Segarra Feb 24, 2020
The company is about to be the last retailer left at L Brands, which is selling Victoria's Secret.
Bath & Body Works is still able to cultivate an in-store experience.
Courtesy of L Brands

Is the "must-have" toy a thing of the past?

by Marielle Segarra Feb 19, 2020
According to the NPD Group, toy sales dropped by 4% last year.
Toy sales were down this past season partly because there was no "must-have" toy.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

How electric cars sparked GM's exodus from Australia, New Zealand and Thailand

by Marielle Segarra Feb 17, 2020
It's part of a larger strategy to exit unprofitable markets.
A sign is viewed at the General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly as they announced the closing of multiple facilities including this one on November 26, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan.
JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Walmart focuses on freestanding clinics

by Marielle Segarra Feb 17, 2020
New Walmart Health facilities in Georgia have separate entrances and they look like clinics, not Walmart stores.
Scott Olson/Getty Images
The Season

As shoppers head online, what value does a flagship store bring?

by Marielle Segarra Feb 13, 2020
Under Armour announced it might hold off on opening a flagship store on Manhattan's iconic Fifth Avenue.
Under Armour is reportedly pulling back on plans to open a flagship store on New York City's Fifth Avenue, made famous by stores like Tiffany & Co.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Why it matters when you’re 90 days late on a payment

by Marielle Segarra Feb 12, 2020
It can be indication to banks that you're unlikely to pay at all.
fizkes/Getty Images

Casper cuts IPO price amid growing investor doubts

by Marielle Segarra Feb 5, 2020
The company helped pioneer the direct-to-consumer mattress market, but the space got crowded quickly.
Casper, which sells direct-to-customer mattresses in boxes, has lowered the cost of its shares for its Thursday IPO.
Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Casper Sleep Inc.

In buying Forever 21, mall owners buy themselves some time

by Marielle Segarra Feb 3, 2020
Nearly half of the malls owned by Simon Property Group and Brookfield have a Forever 21 in them.
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

One-day shipping is really costly for Amazon. But it's used to that.

by Marielle Segarra Feb 3, 2020
To get customers their orders faster, Amazon spent an additional $1 billion in its latest quarter.
Sean Gallup/Getty Images

How new tax law has affected size of refunds

by Marielle Segarra Feb 3, 2020
Final refund numbers from last season might be evidence that people heeded warnings and changed their withholding.
Scott Olson/Getty Images