Segments From this episode
Retailers are hoping for a prosperous Black Friday to save a holiday season with dark prospects. So far, things are looking pretty good. Marketplace's Paddy Hirsch checks in with Scott Jagow from the Great Mall in San Jose, Calif.
A new web-based network dubbed "Hurricane Facebook" allows businesses to stay in touch and get valuable information when storms hit. Dan Grech looks into how much time and money went into the effort and who's involved.
Food banks are reporting their donations are down at a time when demand is at a high. Joel Rose goes to a food bank in Philadelphia and finds out how bad the situation is in a region where hunger is on the rise.
While the crowds are swarming some stores around the country, other retail openings went off with less of a bang. Still, some shoppers enjoy coming in early in the morning for other reasons. Phillip Martin has more.
In the second part of his interview with Macy's Terry Lundgren, Kai Ryssdal asks the CEO how he'll know if Black Friday will be a success for him, and what he's learned about hard times working in retail for 30 years.
OPEC holds an emergency session in Cairo tomorrow. They want the cartel to announce a cut in output of a million barrels a day in order to prop up the price. But Stephen Beard reports it may not work.
The United Nations holds a forum this weekend on international financing for poorer nations, and purse strings are a lot tighter for investors this year. The credit crunch isn't helping either. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
While the stores throw deep discounts to their customers in order to hit sales out of the park today, shoppers are spending carefully. Danielle Karson spoke to a few at a mall in Bethesda, Maryland this morning.
Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, November 28, 2008