Marketplace for Friday, Dec. 19, 2008

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Obama makes the nativity scene

What do President-elect Obama, Italy's Silvio Berlusconi and France's Carla Bruni have in common? Marketplace's Megan Williams traveled to an outdoor market in Naples, Italy, to get the answer.

China deals with the pain of downturn

The frail global economy has been hitting China hard. Marketplace's Shanghai correspondent Scott Tong discusses with Tess Vigeland how tougher times are raising questions about social unrest in an authoritarian country.
Posted In: Economy

Weekly Wrap: Bailout, cut and scheme

Usually at the holidays the news slows down. But not this week. Katie Benner of Fortune Magazine, The New York Times's David Leonhardt and Tess Vigeland discuss the events that grabbed the headlines.

New packaging may end 'wrap rage'

So-called "clamshell" packaging has helped deter store theft for years. But the plastic casing is notoriously hard to open. Now, relief is in sight. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Retail

Retailers are looking beyond Christmas

This is supposed to be the biggest shopping weekend of the year. But many retailers have started advertising big after-Christmas sales. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Economy, Retail

Bush leaves bailout decisions to Obama

The $17.4 billion that President Bush made available to General Motors and Chrysler today is being seen by auto industry analysts as only a temporary lifeline. Big decisions await the next administration. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
Posted In: Auto, Economy

RIAA revises illegal-download fight

For years the Recording Industry Association of America has been suing netizens, accusing them of illegally sharing music files. But that era now seems to have met the fate of 8-tracks and cassettes. Rico Gagliano reports.
Posted In: Crime, Internet

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