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Mar 21, 2016

Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, March 21, 2016


On today's show, we'll explain Venezuela's economy using hot dogs; talk about the consequences of a Staples-Office Depot merger; and look at the growing instability of a U.S. Postal Service job. 

Segments From this episode

Postal service can't deliver long-term, stable jobs

Mar 21, 2016
USPS is looking at ways to increase revenues.
The stability of a U.S. Postal Service job is now shaky.
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Staples and Office Depot fight FTC for merger

Mar 21, 2016
The FTC argues that a merger will hurt big businesses that buy office supplies on a national scale.
The merger between Staples and Office Depot is valued at $6.3 billion.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images (L and R)
Employers and consumers tend to get hurt by hospital cross-market mergers, according to a new study. 

Merger mania

Mar 21, 2016
Business in Cuba, hospital mergers, and the possibility of a new iPhone.

Venezuela's economy, as told by a hot dog

Mar 23, 2016
The story of a Pepito, a Venezuelan take on the hot dog, illustrates the country's economic problems.
Pepito vendors in Caracas, Venezuela. 
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The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC