Feb 17, 2009

Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, February 17, 2009

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Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, February 17, 2009

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GM, Chrysler need to share their plans

Feb 17, 2009
Today's the deadline for GM and Chrysler to tell the government how they'll repay taxpayers and become viable again. Janet Babin reports a key to GM's plan is more concessions from its creditors and union workers.

Wal-Mart still OK in economic slowdown

Feb 17, 2009
Wal-Mart has been one bright spot in retail through the economic fallout and has actually boosted its advertising budget. Danielle Karson reports what's keeping the chain healthy and what could hurt it down the road.

In hard times, people hit the kitchen

Feb 17, 2009
Cooking classes have become popular as more people want to save money by eating in. Sadie Babits visits two cooking schools in Portland, Ore. and explores some reasons for the mass return to the kitchen.

Japan initiates new finance minister

Feb 17, 2009
Japanese finance minister Shoichi Nakagawa quit today after his performance at the G7 conference in Rome suggested he was drunk. Scott Tong reports some of the setbacks for new finance minister Taro Aso.

Stimulus tax cuts will come weekly

Feb 17, 2009
President Obama will sign the stimulus package into law today, which will include $400 in tax rebates this year and next for every citizen. But instead of a lump sum, the money will be doled out weekly. Dan Grech reports.

Mini-cattle help buck hefty costs

Feb 17, 2009
In the spirit of doing a lot with a little, some ranchers are forgoing the heftier cows and breeding mini-cattle. The payoff is healthier meat and more efficiency at the ranch, leading to lower costs. Megan Verlee reports.

Fewer small vendors head to Toy Fair

Feb 17, 2009
The annual American International Toy Fair in New York kicked off last weekend, and 100 fewer exhibitors are attending over last year. Among those not there this year are the mom and pop shops. Dan Grech reports.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC