Feb 22, 2007

Marketplace PM for February 22, 2007

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Expect higher prices — it's natural

Feb 22, 2007
The announcement that Whole Foods will pay about $565 million for its smaller rival, Wild Oats, worries commentator Alex Markels. He says the deal will just add to the rising prices of natural foods — like organic kale.

Underground fuel tanks need costly repairs

Feb 22, 2007
Underground fuel storage tanks, like those at your corner gas station, are leaking. And the Government Accountability Office says it will cost $12 billion for the clean-up. John Dimsdale reports.

Golden State raises ante for 2008 campaign

Feb 22, 2007
A California Assembly committee today voted to move up next year's presidential primary from June to February. If signed by the governor, candidates' campaign costs will rise considerably.

Inflation? I don't want to hear it!

Feb 22, 2007
What do you do if your economy is overheated and inflation is spiraling out of control? If you're the Argentina president, you shoot the messenger. Dan Grech reports.

Vulture fund circles over Zambia's debt

Feb 22, 2007
A businessman bought part of Zambia's debt and now he's trying to collect. It's prompted a lawsuit that could affect Third World debt-forgiveness programs. Stephen Beard reports.

Equal winnings on a silver platter

Feb 22, 2007
Wimbledon, the world's oldest tennis tournament, has awarded smaller prizes to women for all of its 123 years. But no more. Amy Scott reports on the changing times at the All England Club.

Google challenges Microsoft in the office

Feb 22, 2007
Google is rolling out a new office product called Google Apps. It hits the market just as Microsoft is peddling its latest office software. Ashley Milne-Tyte looks at whether Bill Gates and company ought to be worried.

Taking real estate to a new dimension

Feb 22, 2007
If you've got a working knowledge of theoretical physics you can buy near San Francisco for less than 20 bucks. Nathanael Johnson explains.

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