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Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, August 15, 2013
Aug 15, 2013

Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, August 15, 2013

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A look at business in Egypt during a state of emergency. Global retailers such as Walmart and H&M have promised to improve workers safety in Bangladesh, but conditions in many textile factories remain bad. And what's with all the activist investors? 

Segments From this episode

Why M.A.C. is the foundation of the Estee Lauder brand

Aug 15, 2013
Estee Lauder began marketing makeup to minorities in the U.S. during the recession, launching its M.A.C. stores. Now that line is the biggest selling makeup in several countries.

In Bangladesh, garment workers still fear for their safety

Aug 15, 2013
Milllions of textile workers still work in unsafe conditions four months after the Rana Plaza factory near Dhaka collapsed, causing 1,100 workers to lose their lives. There is much pressure for change, however.

A week of good and bad for activist investors

Aug 15, 2013
It’s been a big week for activist investors -- with Bill Ackman resigning from J.C. Penney’s board and Carl Icahn taking a big stake in Apple.

Is long term care insurance worth it?

Aug 15, 2013
Long term care insurance is expensive and only getting more and more costly. So, how do you know if it's worth it for you?

Retail earnings disappoint on slow economic recovery

Aug 15, 2013
Diane Swonk, chief economist with Mesirow Financial, discusses the latest retail earnings.

Foreclosures are down, but the housing market isn't quite moving yet

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Aug 15, 2013
The rate of foreclosures in July was down 32 percent from a year earlier, according to RealtyTrac. That sounds like good news, but it masks a stubborn reality.

PODCAST: Walmart let down, foreclosure slow down

Aug 15, 2013
Foreclosures are down, but the housing market isn't quite moving yet. Retail earnings disappoint on slow economic recovery. And is long term care insurance worth it?

A look at business in Egypt during a state of emergency

Aug 15, 2013
Zainab Khalifa, a jewelry store owner in Cairo, discusses how her business is faring and what her hopes are for the future of Egypt.

A look at business in Egypt during a state of emergency. Global retailers such as Walmart and H&M have promised to improve workers safety in Bangladesh, but conditions in many textile factories remain bad. And what’s with all the activist investors? 

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC