Jan 20, 2011

Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, January 20, 2011

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Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, January 20, 2011

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Diane Swonk: The Chinese delegation's Chicago visit

Jan 20, 2011
Jeremy Hobson speaks with Diane Swonk, chief economist with Mesirow Financial in Chicago about the Chinese relationship to the Windy City, and Chicago's expectations from the delegate's visit.

Automakers gear up for better fuel efficiency

Jan 20, 2011
Federal rules to increase fuel efficiency start to go into effect next year. Making cars smaller is the easiest way to boost miles per gallon, but Americans typically don't like small cars. As Marketplace's Alisa Roth reports, another road to greater fuel efficiency is to make cars lighter.

Walmart expected to unveil new plans to sell healthier food

Jan 20, 2011
The nation's largest retailer, Walmart, is expected to announce a new plan to sell healthier food. Nancy Marshall Genzer explains how Walmart's announcement could reshape industries.

The U.S. turns to Britain for health care guidance

Jan 20, 2011
During the health care debate, some supporters used Britain's medical system as a possible model for the U.S. system. Stephen Beard explains.

China's economy expands 10.3 percent in 2010

Jan 20, 2011
China announced a 10.3 percent growth in their economy of 2010 -- that's three times faster than the U.S.

After bad sales abroad, Arby's could be for sale

Jan 20, 2011
The chairman of the Wendy's Arby's group said this morning he's considering selling Arby's and putting the focus on Wendy's. Nancy Marshall Genzer has more.

Understanding the meetings between U.S. businesses and the Chinese delegation

Jan 20, 2011
Michael Morris, CEO of American Electric Power in Columbus, Ohio, met with the Chinese delegation yesterday to discuss the relationship between U.S. businesses and China. He speaks with Steve Chiotakis about the meeting, and expectations for the future.

Currency discussions continue during the Chinese's visit

Jan 20, 2011
Jeremy Hobson speaks with Lael Brainard, Undersecretary for International Finance at the Treasury Department about economic discussions during the Chinese delegation's visit to the U.S.

Traffic as an economic indicator

Jan 20, 2011
Researchers at Texas A&M University found at the depths of the great recession, the number of hours wasted in traffic plummeted. But as the economy improves more people are taking to the roads.

Congress works to cut down business paperwork, at the expense of health care

Jan 21, 2011
Attempts to completely overturn health care reform aren't likely to succeed. But business is expected to score one victory in the process: the removal of a regulation that would have greatly expanded tax reporting.

Target hires counselors to help employees

Jan 21, 2011
The discount store aims to cut absenteeism and high staff turnover by helping workers with problems such as financial stress and poor health.

The conflicts of Internet freedom

Jan 21, 2011
Steve Chiotakis talks to Evgeny Morozov, the author of "The Net Delusion," about why Internet freedom cuts both ways when it comes to users and governments.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC