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Oct 12, 2007

Marketplace for Friday, October 12, 2007

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Retailers need cold wave to heat up sales

Oct 12, 2007
Retail sales for September were up, according to the Commerce Department, but retailers say they're now sitting on large, unsold inventories because unusually warm weather cut into fall clothing sales. Jeff Tyler reports.

Report raises generic-drug concerns

Oct 12, 2007
A study by the website has raised questions about a generic version of Wellbutrin, a popular antidepressant. Makers of other generics are worried the news might send consumers back to brand names. Jill Barshay reports.

Is golf a religious experience?

Oct 12, 2007
Some federal workers have been taking undue advantage of a little-known benefit program called religious comp time. Steve Henn explains.

A closed Burma keeps China trade open

Oct 12, 2007
China has sided with the West, for the first time, against Myanmar's military junta -- despite its close economic ties with the country. Scott Tong reports from the China-Burma border on how business is booming.

Week on Wall Street

Oct 12, 2007
Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson talks with host Kai Ryssdal about what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.

What'll it be -- voting booth or the ziti?

Oct 12, 2007
Commentator Alex Sheshunoff has been curious about campaign finance. In particular, he looked into just how much Americans think their votes are worth.

Old gadgets galore at geek flea market

Oct 12, 2007
The high-tech elite and regular, old engineers shop for the tools of their trade and electronic relics at a Silicon Valley flea market. Tamara Keith reports.

End-of-world sale! Time is running out!

Oct 12, 2007 says it'll launch its 2008 marketing campaign with two Super Bowl commercials. Meanwhile, Christmas ads are already cropping up. The Marketplace Players figure it's just a matter of time before some enterprising ad man takes the next step.

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