Jan 7, 2011

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, January 7, 2011

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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, January 7, 2011

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Obama Administration reaches out to Wall Street

Jan 7, 2011
With Gene Sperling rumored to replace Larry Summers as head of the National Economic Council, analysts say this is a strategic move on the part of the Obama administration to reach out to the business community. Scott Tong reports.

Retailers show 'cautious optimism' at CES

Jan 7, 2011
Jeremy Hobson speaks with Steve Henn about his favorite gadgets at this year's Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas.

China's death toll from smoking could triple over the next two decades, says report

Jan 7, 2011
According to a new report, China's annual death toll from smoking could triple over the next two decades. Rob Schmitz reports.

Witch tax brews controversy in Romania

Jan 7, 2011
Like most of Europe, Romania faces major budget cuts and a tough economic environment and to help, the government plans to increase and create new taxes. The Romanian president has even proposed including the profession of witchcraft in the country's new tax code.

France is declared the world's most pessimistic country

Jan 7, 2011
The French are the 'champions of the world' -- according to a magazine headline in France this week ranking the most pessimistic countries. Stephen Beard explains.

U.S. unemployment drops to 9.4 percent

Jan 7, 2011
Steve Chiotakis speaks with Jill Schlesinger about the Labor Department's report saying unemployment dropped almost a half-percent, while the government only added 103,000 jobs for the month.

The unemployment rate drops to 9.4 percent, U.S. adds only 103,000 jobs in December

Jan 7, 2011
The Labor Department said this morning that the U.S. economy added 103,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate dropped from 9.8 percent down to 9.4 percent. Hugh Johnson explains.

Ben Bernanke offers insight into unemployment numbers

Jan 7, 2011
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke offered his insight on the mixed bag from the Labor Department this morning.

Does posting calories change attitudes about food?

Jan 8, 2011
A new law in California went into effect this month that requires chain restaurants to post calorie count information on menus. But does that change customers' minds about the kinds of food they eat?

States are moving forward in implementing health care reform

Jan 8, 2011
Although the GOP-controlled House is expected to try to repeal the health care reform, some state governors are already moving forward in implementing the law -- even the Republican ones. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.

Detroit Auto Show to remain practical

Jan 8, 2011
The Detroit Auto Show begins on Monday, and while there'll be some exciting models, most auto manufacturers are keeping it simple, with new but practical technology rolled in. Alisa Roth reports.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC