Aug 17, 2011

Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, August 17, 2011

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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, August 17, 2011

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Health care spending has slowed, but reforms still needed

Aug 17, 2011
The rise in health care spending has tapered off, but this could be a bad thing. Companies are hiring less in uncertain times, and governments have to pick up the slack.

How long can Walmart remain the low-price leader?

Aug 17, 2011
With the changing economy, mega-retailer Walmart faces a price competition from higher -- and lower-priced stores

United States of ... Europe

Aug 17, 2011
After a meeting yesterday between the leaders of France and Germany, investors want Europe's leaders to 'show us the money'

Average Americans hang tight through market swings

Aug 17, 2011
LA Times Consumer Columnist David Lazarus breaks down how Americans have reacted to the market fluctuations and whether the downturn in 2008 changed the way we view volatility.

Vice President Biden visits China

Aug 17, 2011
China holds $1 trillion in U.S. debt, and the Chinese government is looking for reassurances from Vice President Biden that the Obama administration has a plan to deal with economic uncertainty to keep that investment safe

Moving toward closer ties in Europe

Aug 17, 2011
Germany and France are proposing closer economic relations between the 17 countries in the Eurozone to coordinate economic activity and public spending plans

Economic indicators: Bellwether companies

Aug 17, 2011
Farm equipment maker John Deere reports earnings today, and good sales for the company may point to a healthier economy overall

Retail spending an economic bright spot

Aug 17, 2011
Big retailers are reporting some surprisingly good numbers for the last quarter, but do a few good earnings reports mean a stronger recovery is on the way?

Big tobacco sues federal government

Aug 17, 2011
Four of the five biggest U.S. tobacco companies are suing to avoid a new law requiring graphic labels on cigarette packs starting next year. The companies say those labels violate free speech because they require them to carry a government-sponsored appeal to not use their legal product.

Child poverty up in 38 states

Aug 17, 2011
A new study shows the social costs of impoverished children are growing, with economic consequences like high unemployment extending far into the future

Economist: concerned 'about prices actually declining'

Aug 17, 2011
Richard Dekaser, economist with the Parthenon Group, says modest inflation is starting to catch 'our attention, but not ringing any alarm bells,' meaning as long as the labor market continues anemic hiring, we run the risk of deflation.

U.S. child poverty on the rise

Aug 17, 2011
The Annie E. Casey Foundation survey reports that the child poverty rate in the U.S. rose by 18 percent between 2000 and 2009 -- and 7.8 million children have at least one parent who's unemployed

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC