Apr 20, 2020

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Plus: How experts reckon with COVID-19's impact on GDP and a conversation with a banker who's giving small business loans.

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What's going to happen to GDP?

Apr 20, 2020
With millions of sudden job losses and an unprecedented economic shutdown, forecasting GDP is different than usual this quarter.
Consumer purchases make up a large part of the economy. But right now, people aren't spending as much as they used to. Above, Target shoppers in 2001.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

In keeping shelves stocked, small, ethnic grocers have an advantage

Apr 20, 2020
The long lines and empty shelves at grocery stores across the country have tested America’s food supply chain. Smaller, independent store supply chains are proving more resilient.
Bulk goods at Sahadi's grocery store in Brooklyn. The store has adapted quickly to the run on groceries during the coronavirus lockdown.
Sahadi's

Life on the front lines of the federal government’s small business loan program

Apr 20, 2020
“For every loan we made, I had another one in the pipeline,” said Laurie Stewart, CEO of Sound Community Bank in Seattle.
Community banks like the Belltown branch of Sound Community Bank in Seattle have faced unprecedented demand for small business loans over the past few weeks.
Courtesy of Sound Community Bank

As retail industry melts down, lingerie company Natori confronts a threat

Apr 20, 2020
Most of its business is with department stores, many of which are closed. “It’s been pretty much a disaster,” President Ken Natori says.
From left, Ken Natori, president of lingerie and loungewear company Natori; his mother, Josie, CEO; and her husband, also Ken.
Josh Wong/courtesy of Natori

Mortgages are still cheap, if you can get one

Apr 20, 2020
Lenders are tightening credit standards as funding dries up.
Borrowers are finding it harder to qualify for a mortgage.
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The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Bridget Bodnar Producer
Daisy Palacios Producer
Sean McHenry Associate Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Associate Producer