Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday September 25, 2014
Sep 25, 2014

Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday September 25, 2014

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Air France pilots today won what analysts say is a major victory on this 11th day of a strike. Air France management has offered to scrap plans to expand its low-cost partner airline called Transavia that pilots regarded as a threat to their livelihoods. The pilots are now considering the offer. And in the US the Great Recession laid the consumer low. Over the last six years, Americans have been more careful about major purchases, although once their cars and trucks wore out, they had little choice but to go back to dealerships. They've been careful about buying houses, big appliances, shopped deep discount, and paid down debt. Now, Consumer Reports magazine has crunched the numbers and concluded that we are ready to spend again. Plus, in sports when a team goes to hire a manager, what's the first and foremost metric?  Wins and losses. One would think the same's true in politics when hiring a campaign manager or political consultant. But as we found out, it's not so clear cut.

Segments From this episode

Health care coverage reaches Latinos

Sep 25, 2014
The number of young Latinos not covered by health insurance has fallen by half.

Grading the political campaign manager

Sep 25, 2014
The difficulty politicians have evaluating managers and consultants.

Americans appear ready to go shopping again

Sep 25, 2014
A new survey says Americans will increase their purchases of big-ticket items.

PODCAST: The number of uninsured Latinos drops

Sep 25, 2014
A dive in merchandise orders, more Latinos are getting insurance and 19th-century America.

Airstrikes hit ISIS-controlled oil refineries

Sep 25, 2014
The targets are believed to be helping ISIS finance its operations.
A picture taken on August 10, 2014, shows a chimney at an oil field in Sheikhan, northeast of the city of Mosul in northern Iraq and near the Kurdish city of Dohuk, an area where Kurdish peshmerga forces are fighting to stop the advance of Islamic State fighters. 
AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images

Air France pilots today won what analysts say is a major victory on this 11th day of a strike. Air France management has offered to scrap plans to expand its low-cost partner airline called Transavia that pilots regarded as a threat to their livelihoods. The pilots are now considering the offer. And in the US the Great Recession laid the consumer low. Over the last six years, Americans have been more careful about major purchases, although once their cars and trucks wore out, they had little choice but to go back to dealerships. They’ve been careful about buying houses, big appliances, shopped deep discount, and paid down debt. Now, Consumer Reports magazine has crunched the numbers and concluded that we are ready to spend again. Plus, in sports when a team goes to hire a manager, what’s the first and foremost metric?  Wins and losses. One would think the same’s true in politics when hiring a campaign manager or political consultant. But as we found out, it’s not so clear cut.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC