May 9, 2008

Marketplace Morning Report for May 9, 2008

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Marketplace Morning Report for May 9, 2008

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Secret ingredient? A cheaper substitute

May 9, 2008
Across the country food manufacturers are struggling to handle rising costs, all the while trying to avoid raising prices. Their choices are changing the way some household food items are being made. Sam Eaton reports.

What happened at the Kentucky Derby?

May 9, 2008
The racing world is mourning the death of Eight Belles, the filly that broke two ankles after finishing second in the Kentucky Derby. Animal rights groups are protesting. Scott Jagow asks commentator Diana Nyad why it happened.

Banks want out of Clear Channel deal

May 9, 2008
In November, radio station giant Clear Channel announced it would be taken private in a $20 billion leveraged buyout. Now, the banks that were to finance the deal want to back out. Dan Grech has more.

Cost of offshore wind farms soaring

May 9, 2008
Higher prices for steel and copper are being blamed for the increasing unprofitability of offshore wind farms. A British firm that was going to build one now questions its viability. Stephen Beard reports from London.

Cutting grocery bills with DIY food

May 9, 2008
Food prices are getting ridiculous, and experts are predicting they'll continue to rise. What to do? Grow your own food. Stacey Vanek-Smith looks into the trend at community gardens and garden supply stores.
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Decrypting the consumer price index

May 9, 2008
Next week, the government releases its consumer price index for April, so we'll get to see just how high the cost of living has jumped, right? But economists aren't predicting a big jump in the cpi. Nancy Marshall Genzer…

Hedge fund tries Africa

May 9, 2008
A new hedge fund is investing $125 million in Africa and the Middle East, areas where the fund managers say opportunities are huge. Sarah Gardner has more on whether this is a sign that Africa is the "last frontier."

Citigroup to sell more assets

May 9, 2008
Battered Citigroup has raised money from investors, laid off employees and sold off chunks of the business. It wasn't enough. Today the company announced it would sell off $400 billion in assets. Amy Scott has more.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC