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Feb 16, 2012

Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, February 16, 2012

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Rupert Murdoch is facing tensions with his staff at The Sun after nine of its journalists were arrested in the last few weeks for alleged corruption. The rental car market in the United States has been dominated by American brands,…

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General Motors reports record profits

Feb 16, 2012
The carmaker made $7.6 billion in the fourth quarter of last year. Still, auto analysts are disappointed by the numbers.

The importance of small business hiring in the U.S.

Feb 16, 2012
Small business owners are slightly more upbeat about the economy than they have been recently, which sounds like good news for the job market, considering small businesses do a majority of the hiring in the country.

One closed Borders is another retailer's new location

Feb 16, 2012
One year ago, Borders declared bankruptcy and began the process that would lead to the total shutdown of the chain -- which in turn made available tons of commercial real estate. Now other retailers are starting to fill up the…

Murdoch's newspaper empire threatened from within

Feb 16, 2012
Rupert Murdoch is expected in London today where he'll face some angry employees. Nine journalists from his U.K. tabloid The Sun have been arrested in the last few weeks after Murdoch's own company -- News Corporation -- turned them in…

Former Greek finance minister on his country's woes

Feb 16, 2012
There is no end in site yet for Greece, who still might not receive the bailout they need to keep their country running.

Michigan town takes school zone sign to the next level

Feb 16, 2012
In suburban Detroit, there's a speed limit sign telling drivers to slow down to 25 mph on school days -- but it's a little different than the signs you might be used to seeing in your neighborhood.

PODCAST: Is America accelerating?

Feb 16, 2012
Rupert Murdoch is facing tensions with his staff at The Sun after nine of its journalists were arrested in the last few weeks for alleged corruption. The rental car market in the United States has been dominated by American brands,…

Facebook coming to non-smartphones in Africa

Feb 16, 2012
Facebook is teaming up with mobile phone maker Orange to provide its services to cell phones in Africa -- of the non-iPhone, BlackBerry, or Android variety.

General Motors lags behind in Europe

Feb 16, 2012
For General Motors, the European debt crisis has just piled on the ongoing problem of too much supply, and not enough demand for their cars in Europe.

When is a rental also a test drive?

Feb 16, 2012
Toyota revs up its sales to U.S. car rental companies in an attempt to overcome years of problems that kept consumers away.

Should Greece stay in the eurozone?

Feb 16, 2012
The future of Greece hangs in the balance as it is still uncertain whether they will be able to dig themselves out of their debt hole -- with a lot of help from the rest of Europe.

Europeans believe Greeks must show willingness to change

Feb 16, 2012
European markets are down this morning after more hitches in plans to rescue Greece from default. There's a sense the Greeks have exhausted the goodwill of other European countries.

GM profits, but still disappoints

Feb 16, 2012
GM announced today that it made record profit last year -- more than $7.5 billion. That's up more than 60 percent from 2010. But it still wasn't enough to impress analysts.

Rupert Murdoch is facing tensions with his staff at The Sun after nine of its journalists were arrested in the last few weeks for alleged corruption. The rental car market in the United States has been dominated by American brands, but that could soon change. Commercial real estate experts are starting to see what will become of the hundreds of Borders store spaces that closed last year.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC