- Newsmaker: Consumer Spending Makes a Record Jump - America's consumer spending declined by 1.7 percent after September 11, but a record October increase of 2.9 percent more than made up the difference. Margaret Popper, associate economics editor for BusinessWeek, looks back at spending fluctuations, then forward to the prospects for employment and economic growth.
- Reporter's Notebook: Japanese Crown Princess Has Baby Girl - Although Japan's Crown Princess Masako has given birth to a daughter, the latest member of the Imperial family may never be Japan's ceremonial head of state. Tato Takahami, former UC Berkeley professor turned freelance journalist and author, talks about the implications for history and gender politics in Japan.
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