Mar 24, 2011

Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, March 24, 2011

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Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, March 24, 2011

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Best Buy considers makeover to distinguish itself from competitors

Mar 24, 2011
Best Buy hopes to win back market share from Wal-Mart and online retailers by redesigning stores and changing the customer service experience.

The middle of America is moving, again

Mar 24, 2011
The mean center of population distribution changes every time the census data is recorded, and it looks to have moved from the past decade.

The positive side of the AT&T-T-Mobile merger

Mar 24, 2011
The acquisition is a sign that CEOs are willing to take risks again and expand businesses.

Japan quake to affect manufacturing industry

Mar 24, 2011
Other countries in manufacturing could see benefits as Japan's industry tries to recover.

Another domino in the European debt crisis?

Mar 24, 2011
Portugal's prime minister resigned after the country's parliament rejected a key round of budget cuts. Investors responded negatively -- making it more expensive for the country to borrow money.

China steps in to fill Japan supply chain

Mar 24, 2011
Manufacturing companies worldwide are responding to changes in the supply chain after the Japan tsunami. Now, many Chinese companies want to fill in the production gaps, a move that could cost Japan billions of dollars.

Libyan shopkeepers, citizens cope with military action

Mar 24, 2011
The BBC's Tony Fallshaw reports from Tripoli on the effect of the no-fly zone on shop, gas stations, and citizens in the city.

Former White House economists sound budget alarm

Mar 24, 2011
Ten former chairs of the Council of Economic Advisers write in an op-ed for Politico that the political battle over this year's budget is a distraction from the more "dire" problem -- the structural budget deficit.

The cost of comedy

Mar 24, 2011
The average price of laughter is up this year, according to the 2011 Cost of Laughing index -- an unusual sign of economic growth.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC