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Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, December 25, 2008

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Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, December 25, 2008

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Have a crafty Christmas

by Andrea Gardner Dec 25, 2008
In a survey conducted by Michaels craft store, nearly 60 percent of 1,000 respondents said they were more likely to make their own gifts this year. Andrea Gardner looks into the homemade trend that was popular this holiday.

Gift cards not as hot this year

by Marketplace Staff Dec 25, 2008
Gift cards are usually a high sales performer during the holiday season, but this year their retail numbers fell. That also means a smaller post-holiday bump when the cards are used. Jean Luc Renault reports.

Flavor really comes down to a science

by Janet Babin Dec 25, 2008
When food producers wanted to experiment with new flavors, they used to gravitate towards the kitchen. Today, the flavor market can be born faster in the lab. Janet Babin shows us how it's done.

A volunteering tradition for everyone

by Steve Henn Dec 25, 2008
If you don't have holiday plans today or don't celebrate Christmas, why not volunteer? From delivering donated gifts to working at a soup kitchen, there's plenty you can do. Steve Henn visits one volunteer center in Washington, D.C.

A video game that programs you

by Sean Cole Dec 25, 2008
A lot of people play video games as a way to escape the stress of everyday living. But what if a game were to help you conquer and reduce your stress head on? Sean Cole has a positive experience with the makers of Mindhabits.
Fallout: The Financial Crisis

Job loses mounting in China

by Scott Tong Dec 25, 2008
The jobless rate in Chinese cities is high and could keep rising if factories don't open up to employees after Chinese New Year. Scott Tong looks into what the government is doing to help prevent social unrest.

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