Aug 13, 2008

Marketplace Report for Wednesday, August 13, 2008

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Marketplace Report for Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Segments From this episode

Retail report shows car sales slump

Aug 13, 2008
Retail sales dropped for the first time in five months, according to the monthly numbers for July. One thing Americans aren't buying much this summer is big cars. Alisa Roth reports.

Detroit's dilemma: big cars or small?

Aug 13, 2008
Detroit's doing all it can about drooping car sales, including plans for new fuel-efficient and smaller models. We ask an industry analyst what happens if consumer preferences swing back to big.

Offshore drilling proposal gains ground

Aug 13, 2008
A group of Senate moderates are in agreement about a proposal that would allow some offshore drilling. John Dimsdale has details on the compromise plan and talked with a few experts about it.

Huffington Post debuts Chicago version

Aug 13, 2008
Arianna Huffington debuts the first local franchise of her popular news Web site The Huffington Post, aka "HuffPo," on Thursday. Is this a move on the local news turf? Renita Jablonski reports.

More banks to join securities settlement

Aug 13, 2008
As many as six banks are said to have agreed to buy back securities from the failed auction-rate market as part of a settlement with federal regulators. Is a global settlement in the works? Bob Moon reports.

Fed helps, but needs to be accountable

Aug 13, 2008
The Fed has bailed out banks, advised them on capital assets and now is issuing regulations for the credit-card industry. But who, asks commentator Robert Reich, is minding the Fed?

Hurdles for businesses at the Olympics

Aug 13, 2008
The lower-than-expected turnout at the Olympics is disappointing for corporate sponsors and companies that wanted to do business in China during the Games. But they're hanging in there, Scott Tong reports.

Picking up loose change makes sense

Aug 13, 2008
Money might not grow on trees, but it's apparently all over the streets. Sally Herships reports on a New York family that's building a nest egg with small change they find just lying around.

Music from the episode

Come Save Us The Warlocks
Walk on By Cal Tjader
Dangerous (feat. Joywave) Big Data, Joywave
Nights Wave Mice Parade
Movin' on Up Primal Scream