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Dec 25, 2007

Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, December 25, 2007

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Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, December 25, 2007

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Hoping for merry box office sales

Dec 25, 2007
Christmas day is one of the most popular days for movies, and the studios are expecting hotter box office sales this year than last. Sarah Gardner tells us what flicks might catch an audience this season.

Small loans appeal to bootstrap crowd

Dec 25, 2007
Peer-to-peer lending websites have made it increasingly possible for everyday people to lend to entrepreneurs around the world. Rachel Dornhelm reports the down-to-earth businesses tend to get the most cash.

Santa should avoid those transfats

Dec 25, 2007
Knowing the powerful influence Santa has on children, a marketing campaign wants to slim down the jolly fat man's image. But Cash Peters says trading cookies for carrot sticks ruins the holiday spirit.

When God comes to Knock

Dec 25, 2007
The tiny town of Knock, Ireland has become a popular Catholic pilgrimage since residents say they saw an apparition of Virgin Mary in 1879. Rico Gagliano visited a community business centered around the devoted.

Disney losing its magic in Hong Kong

Dec 25, 2007
Attendance at Hong Kong Disneyland is down significantly since its first year open. Kate Woodsome reports the government may be willing to help the theme park if it can bring economic benefits to the city.

Northeast snow means happy skis

Dec 25, 2007
Ski resorts in the Northeast hit a dry spell last year, causing a sharp visitor decline. But this season, everything is in full swing. Sean Cole reports from his own "Hell," also known as a snowy Boston.

Are we better gift-givers now?

Dec 25, 2007
Gift cards and online registries are partially to blame for developing a more efficient system of gift-giving. Shia Levitt looks into the value we place on items we buy ourselves versus the way others value them.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC