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Jul 18, 2008

Marketplace report for Friday, July 18, 2008

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Marketplace report for Friday, July 18, 2008

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The quirks of doing business in China

Jul 18, 2008
In Beijing now, new rules can close businesses in Olympic "safety zones." But as Scott Tong reports, seemingly overnight rule changes are nothing new in China when it comes to business.

Will one style of Levi's 501 fly?

Jul 18, 2008
San Francisco-based Levi's, which used to tailor its 501 jeans for varying body sizes, will market one standard cut and style around the world to cut costs. Nancy Marshall Genzer has more.

Letters from our listeners

Jul 18, 2008
Marketplace listeners give us some food for thought about summer camp, photographs, Rubbermaid and tennis.

Week on Wall Street

Jul 18, 2008
Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson chats with host Kai Ryssdal about what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.

IBM service contracts boost profit

Jul 18, 2008
IBM, which had strong second-quarter earnings, is known as an indicator for the health of tech stocks. Then why did other tech giants fall flat? Janet Babin has the story.

Fannie and Freddie shares up again

Jul 18, 2008
A rescue plan is in the works for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, but again today stock prices rose for both. And hoping to head off a government takeover, Freddie Mac is looking to sell $5.5 billion in stock. John…

Hot Jobs: Boardwalk retailers

Jul 18, 2008
For the latest installment of our "Hot Jobs" series, we head to the Boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland, where we talk to a pair of summer retailers.

OPEC and the oil crisis

Jul 18, 2008
Host Kai Ryssdal, who's been talking to experts about oil this week, speaks today with oil analyst Ruchir Kadakia about OPEC's standing in the oil world these days.

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