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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, October 25, 2013
Oct 25, 2013

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, October 25, 2013

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Inflation in Japan is near a 5 year high -- up 0.7 percent. That's actually a positive headline. The world's third largest economy has been trying to climb out of a fifteen year hole of sputtering growth, and prices so low that they hurt the currency. And, roughly half of the kids who head off to public school this morning will qualify for free or reduced-price meals. For a family of four, that means living on less than $44,000 a year. Every fall, schools scramble to make sure as many eligible kids as possible are signed up for those lunches. Now, some schools are trying out a new approach.

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Good news: Japan inflation at 5 year high

Oct 25, 2013
Prices are up in Japan -- and that's a good thing.

Making school meals free for everyone

Oct 25, 2013
About half of public school children today qualify for free and reduced-price meals at school. A new federal option allows high-poverty schools to feed all students at no charge.

Vermont's craft breweries: 'We have more than we deserve'

Oct 25, 2013
The number of Vermont microbreweries has doubled in the last five years. There are now 32 craft breweries, and several more are being planned.

Will Samsung always be Pepsi to Apple's Coke?

Oct 25, 2013
No matter how many handsets Samsung sells, Apple may always dominate the conversation.

Airline profits driven by higher fares, bag fees

Oct 25, 2013
The U.S. airline industry is expected to earn a whopping $6.5 billion this year.

Durable goods orders paint mixed picture

Oct 25, 2013
A little good news on the economic front. Maybe. Maybe?

FDA wants tighter restrictions on hydrocodone

Oct 25, 2013
The FDA recommends making hydrocodone a Schedule II narcotic, like its more powerful relative, oxycodone.

PODCAST: Samsung makes record profits, but it's still Apple's world

Oct 25, 2013
A little good news on the economic front. Maybe. Maybe? No matter how many handsets Samsung sells, Apple may always dominate the conversation. And, the number of Vermont microbreweries has doubled in the last five years. There are now 32 craft breweries, and several more are being planned.

Inflation in Japan is near a 5 year high — up 0.7 percent. That’s actually a positive headline. The world’s third largest economy has been trying to climb out of a fifteen year hole of sputtering growth, and prices so low that they hurt the currency. And, roughly half of the kids who head off to public school this morning will qualify for free or reduced-price meals. For a family of four, that means living on less than $44,000 a year. Every fall, schools scramble to make sure as many eligible kids as possible are signed up for those lunches. Now, some schools are trying out a new approach.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC