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Aug 28, 2012

Marketplace for Tuesday, August 28, 2012

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A new report out today says that America's big auto plants are operating at more than 100 percent capacity -- an impressive comeback from just a few years ago. Home prices are going up and even the hardest-hit cities are…

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Guess what was banned at Aflac's dinner at the RNC

Aug 28, 2012
Aflac, the insurance company, was throwing a party down in Tampa at the GOP convention -- with a key dietary restriction.

Hate junk mail? You might have to get used to more

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Aug 28, 2012
Deal between postal service and direct mail provider could mean more ad circulars in your mailbox.

U.S. auto companies make big comeback

Aug 28, 2012
The major Detroit automakers, GM, Ford and Chrysler, are all operating their factories at 100 percent capacity, according to a new report by the Detroit News.

Home prices up for first time since 2010

Aug 28, 2012
News that the S&P/Case Shiller home price index is up from last year may be the first solid sign of a long-awaited housing market recovery.

Stealthy Silk Road website flying high

Aug 28, 2012
The secretive online marketplace works just like eBay or Amazon. The only difference is that its merchandise is illegal, and all of its users are anonymous.

Isaac or not, the business of weather is booming

Aug 28, 2012
You don't have to turn on the television to find a weatherman. As businesses need to know more about weather and climate, more meteorology graduates go to work for the private sector.

Tampa's small businesses enjoy convention boost

Aug 28, 2012
The Republican National Convention is back on track today, with tens of thousands of visitors in Tampa. What kind of boost do the businesses of the Tampa Bay area get?

Consumer confidence vs. consumer sentiment

Aug 28, 2012
Sr. Producer Paddy Hirsch explains the difference between consumer confidence and consumer sentiment.
Shoppers walk down the Third Street Promenade outdoor shopping mall in Santa Monica, Calif.
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Florida town rides housing boom, bust

Aug 28, 2012
Famed for their citrus groves, Dundee residents take stock of the economy and the upcoming elections.

A new report out today says that America’s big auto plants are operating at more than 100 percent capacity — an impressive comeback from just a few years ago. Home prices are going up and even the hardest-hit cities are seeing a rebound. Weather is becoming a major business. The Postal Service has approved a junk mail discount plan. Kai Ryssdal talks to a small business owner in Tampa, Fla., about how the Republican convention is affecting her business. Senior producer of personal finance Paddy Hirsch discusses consumer confidence versus consumer sentiment. And reporter David Gura takes a road trip to see how Florida is faring after the housing boom collapsed.

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