Economics & Economy

Big tobacco could get bigger

Oct 21, 2016
Mitchell Hartman

British American Tobacco (BAT) has offered to purchase the remaining 58-percent stake in Reynolds American it doesn't already own for $47 billion. That would bring together brands like Dunhill, Kent, Lucky Strike on the BAT side, with U.S. powerhouse brands Newport and Camel from Reynolds.

My Economy: Making an old dream a reality

Oct 21, 2016
Vincent Smith

We usually like to see how the economy is doing by measuring statistics like GDP, but those broad measures don't always reflect everyone's experience. That's why we've collected stories from people all over the country for a segment we call "My Economy." Here's our latest story.

Wendey Waggoner is a single mom of three working as a social worker in Georgetown, Indiana. Waggoner had a comfortable life when she was married to an attorney, but when they divorced her lifestyle changed dramatically. Now she has to stretch her paycheck to support her sons.

Kim Adams

Many people had a tough time using certain web sites this morning. Twitter, Spotify, Airbnb, and PayPal were among many sites that experienced performance issues for short periods today.

Survey says both sides need to play nicer

Oct 21, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

Sometimes, on the Friday of a long week, you just a want a little bit of good news.

A new election survey out from Colby College and the Boston Globe shows that 93 percent of likely voters are pushing for both sides to "cool tempers, shake hands, and come together to confront the challenges ahead," according to a report in the Boston Globe.

Marketplace Weekend Staff

Our answer booth is now open. With the presidential election almost here we want to know: What economic question can we answer for you before voting day?

Is there anything the candidates did not address that you are wondering about? Or maybe you are confused by some of their claims.

Come tell us about it.