Dec 15, 2006

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Time to give the siesta a rest?

Dec 15, 2006
Spain's government and business claim the traditional midday break for lunch and a nap is a luxury the country can no longer afford. Jerome Socolovsky reports.

Sour notes in digital music sales

Dec 15, 2006
A research report this week hinted that iTunes sales aren't so hot, and that digitial music overall might be in for some problems. Josh Bernoff, who wrote the report, talks about his findings with Kai Ryssdal.

Suit alleges a gallon isn't a gallon

Dec 15, 2006
A consumer fraud lawsuit accuses gas stations of selling fuel at higher temperatures than legally required in hot climates like Florida and Texas. What's the problem? Consumers could be paying for fumes. Dan Grech explains.

Coming back empty-handed

Dec 15, 2006
Treasury Secy. Henry Paulson and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke went to China for what they called a strategic economic dialogue. But somebody apparently forgot to tell the Chinese.Ruth Kirchner reports.

Blair halts BAE-Saudi bribery probe

Dec 15, 2006
British Prime Minister Tony Blair is defending his decision to scrap a major corruption investigation. Saudi Arabia had threatened to pull out of a multibillion-dollar defense contract if he didn't. Stephen Beard reports.

Check out anytime you like — and leave

Dec 15, 2006
The SEC has floated new rules making it easier for companies based overseas to de-list from stock exchanges here. John Dimsdale explains why foreigners are so eager to take their stock listings elsewhere.

There's the rub: Where to put Wall Street statue?

Dec 15, 2006
One of Wall Street's famous statues of a bull and bear — said to bring good luck with a special touch — needs a new home. Commentator John Steele Gordon says someone should get on the ball to find a…

Week on Wall Street

Dec 15, 2006
Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson discusses with host Kai Ryssdal what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.

Nintendo has a Wii problem

Dec 15, 2006
The video-game maker says it's going to voluntarily exchange the straps for 3.2 million controllers on its new Wii system. Why? Let's say they've become out-of-controllers. Janet Babin reports.