May 13, 2010

Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, May 13, 2010

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Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, May 13, 2010

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Spain makes deep cuts to avoid debt

May 13, 2010
Spain has ordered a 5 percent cut in public sector pay this year, with a pay freeze to follow next year. The move is an effort to avoid similar debt and protest problems to those suffered by Greece.

Obama tours Buffalo for talks with workers

May 13, 2010
President Obama tours Buffalo, N.Y. today to tour a small manufacturing plant and talk to workers about the economy. The city wants to bring back lost manufacturing jobs. Mark Scott reports.

Ford's European style keeps it going

May 13, 2010
Ford has managed to have four straight profitable quarters and a rising stock price without any government help. The secret: Americans' love for trendy, European-style cars. Jill Barshay reports.

New York attorney general leads investigation into Wall Street banks

May 13, 2010
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is investigating whether eight Wall Street banks misled rating agencies, the latest of a string of federal inquiries into the practices of leading financial institutions.

U.K. making 500-euro note scarce

May 13, 2010
The 500-euro note is a favorite for criminals in Europe, as it makes it easier to transport dirty money. So the U.K. is taking the note out of circulation.

Bank lending to small business drops despite TARP

May 13, 2010
The latest TARP report says Wall Street banks have cut back on lending to small businesses by 9% since the program began. The bailout was meant to help open up lending. Steve Chiotakis talks to Elizabeth Warren, chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel.

When in recession, fad diets reign

May 13, 2010
During the economic hardships in the 30s, exotic diets became all the rage. Diet book author Susan Yager says the same is true today. She explores the phenomenon and our obsession with losing weight with Stacey Vanek-Smith.
Susan Yager, author of "The Hundred Year Diet"
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The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC