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Marketplace Morning Report for Monday December 1, 2014

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The National Retail Federation calculates that only 133 million people shopped in stores and online over the four day Thanksgiving holiday; that’s down more than 5 percent from last year. Some retail analysts say the proliferation of special shopping days is causing the events to lose their significance and their power to bring in buyers.  More on that. And delegates from around the world are meeting in Peru’s capital, Lima, for two weeks of UN negotiations on climate change. The goal? Big cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, to be finalized in Paris next year. Plus, among the definitions of gentrification: when new people move into a working class neighborhood, often with more money at their disposal. This can transform a place for the better … and for the worse. This week, Marketplace’s Wealth & Poverty team is exploring some of the economic forces behind gentrification. We take a look at this long-term project that will continue from this year into next. 

Segments From this episode

'Special shopping day' overload

by Mitchell Hartman Dec 1, 2014
As holiday sales expand, discounts are less important than the ritual of shopping. One winner: Cyber Monday.

A diverse group will address inequity in Ferguson

by Dan Gorenstein Dec 1, 2014
Commission is given a big task: Make the region a “fairer place for everyone to live.”

93-year-old doc is not afraid of Ebola

by Annie Baxter Dec 1, 2014
Lowell Gess and his wife spent 20 years in Sierra Leone. Now, he's headed back.
Mid-day Update

PODCAST: Risking exposure to Ebola

by David Brancaccio Dec 1, 2014
Black Friday slumps, the Ferguson Commission meets, and a retired doctor heads to Sierra Leone.

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