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Aug 15, 2013

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A new report by Goldman Sachs reveals half of the homes bought last year were purchased with cash. What's that say about America's housing recovery? Walmart reported disappointing earnings today. So, what are shoppers buying these days anyway? Small businesses have reported higher optimism about the state of the economy. Two owners tell us why it's the right time to open up for business. Plus, how is the international business community reacting to what's going on in Egypt? And stories on NBC's big bet on soccer, why beer consumption is on the decline, and how new domain names could change the way we use the Internet.

Segments From this episode

Chinese zoo caught for disguising dog as lion

Aug 15, 2013
The "African lion" was caught...barking.

2 dreams, 2 new business owners

Aug 15, 2013
A sign of rising confidence? On Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, two new stores open a few months apart.

Behind the names and numbers of the Internet

Aug 15, 2013
Fadi Chehade, CEO of ICANN -- the organization in charge of assigning names and numbers to Internet addresses -- talks about changes coming ahead for domain names and websites.

Report: Half of all home purchases paid for with cash

Aug 15, 2013
Goldman Sachs says that the number of all-cash sales in the housing market has more than doubled over the last seven years. What does that say about the housing recovery?

What's not in your cart at Walmart? Produce, electronics, toys...

Aug 15, 2013
The world's largest retailer reported quarterly sales were down and cut its profit forecast for the year. So what are consumers putting in their shopping carts and what are they leaving out?
Customers shop at a Walmart store on August 15, 2013 in Chicago, Ill.
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NBC bets big on British soccer

Aug 15, 2013
This Saturday, NBC will start broadcasting English Premier League games, having paid $250 million for the privilege. But will it catch on with Americans?

Western businesses pull out of Egypt

Aug 15, 2013
What happens to business when a country is in chaos?

The buzz on Americans drinking less beer

Aug 15, 2013
According to a recent Gallup poll, only 36 percent of Americans who drink alcohol say that beer is their beverage of choice.

A new report by Goldman Sachs reveals half of the homes bought last year were purchased with cash. What’s that say about America’s housing recovery? Walmart reported disappointing earnings today. So, what are shoppers buying these days anyway? Small businesses have reported higher optimism about the state of the economy. Two owners tell us why it’s the right time to open up for business. Plus, how is the international business community reacting to what’s going on in Egypt? And stories on NBC’s big bet on soccer, why beer consumption is on the decline, and how new domain names could change the way we use the Internet.

Music from the episode

Spilt Milk Dujeous
Lucky Numbers Generationals
Lucky Numbers Generationals