Marketplace for Monday August 18, 2014
Aug 18, 2014

Marketplace for Monday August 18, 2014

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There's a dollar store bidding war going on out there. We report on the extent of the competition in the market, and how the stores involved differentiate themselves. Plus, the Fed is paying close attention to the number of part time workers, as it looks like the number of part-time workers has increased after reaching a five-year low. We look at why this has happened, and ask if it’s something we should be worried about. Also, every year the federal government sets the amount its employees may spend per day when they travel. The per diems for fiscal 2015? $83 for lodging and $46 for meals and other expenses. The standard is also followed by federal contractors and some private businesses. What impact do these standards have on hotels and other businesses that depend on these travelers?

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'No medical student goes to...become a businessperson'

Aug 18, 2014
A doctor's thoughts on the changing healthcare landscape.

Won't you please take a vacation?

Aug 18, 2014
At least one company will actually pay you to get away for a while.

What makes a good writer at Sports Illustrated?

Aug 18, 2014
An internal document shows Time Inc. is rating how writers benefit advertisers.

Who will win the dollar store bidding war?

Aug 18, 2014
If you thought all dollar stores are the same, think again.
Dollar stores continue the bidding war over the purchase of Family Dollar stores.
Brian Killian/Getty Images for Procter & Gamble

Behind the indicators: Job quality vs. job quantity

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Aug 18, 2014
Many indicators regarding job quality are improving slowly — or not at all.

The cost of travel, according to the federal government

Aug 18, 2014
Some hotels set their rates based on the federal standard.

How police presence in Ferguson shut down one business

Aug 18, 2014
The Swiish Bar and Grill seemed far away from the violence. It was and it wasn't.
Swiish Bar and Grill in Jennings, Missouri has been largely empty since law enforcement took over its parking lot.
Lindsay Foster Thomas and Noel King/Marketplace

Where all those charges on your phone bill come from

Aug 18, 2014
A bunch of them are taxes - and a bunch are extra fees that just look like taxes.

There’s a dollar store bidding war going on out there. We report on the extent of the competition in the market, and how the stores involved differentiate themselves. Plus, the Fed is paying close attention to the number of part time workers, as it looks like the number of part-time workers has increased after reaching a five-year low. We look at why this has happened, and ask if it’s something we should be worried about. Also, every year the federal government sets the amount its employees may spend per day when they travel. The per diems for fiscal 2015? $83 for lodging and $46 for meals and other expenses. The standard is also followed by federal contractors and some private businesses. What impact do these standards have on hotels and other businesses that depend on these travelers?

Music from the episode

Homecoming Kanye West, Chris Martin