Recently on Business Update with Mark Lacter

What an airline merger means for passengers at LAX

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says American Airlines is close to a deal with US Air.Steve Julian: Mark, what impact will this have on L.A.?Mark Lacter: Whenever two big airlines are combined, Steve, it often means fewer flights and higher fares, but a lot depends on the individual markets they're serving.

Tech and media companies head to the Southland

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says tech and media companies keep expanding along the West Coast.Steve Julian: Mark, one of those pockets is near Los Angeles?Mark Lacter: Steve, when you do traffic reports in the morning, how often are there tie-ups on the westbound 10 headed to Santa Monica?Julian: Only on weekdays that end with a Y…Lacter: Well, that's a nice little barometer of economic activity in L.

Disney and Mattel bounce back in stock market

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says the stock market is nearing an all time high and at least a few Southern California companies are among those cashing in.
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LA's leisure and hospitality industries lead the way in jobs

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says the service industry is doing well in the Southland, but worker salaries need to improve.

Political contributions in the LA mayor's race

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter talks about money in LA politics.Steve Julian: The LA mayor's race is in early March, and already the top candidates are pulling in record amounts in campaign contributions.

Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner makes its debut at LAX

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says the 787 is making flights out of LAX, but the new jet has suffered some operational problems.Steve Julian: There’s more trouble for Boeing's new 787, which is supposed to have an important presence at LAX.

The big stories across the Southland in 2013

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter tells us about the stories to watch across the Southland in 2013.

Why we're going to the movies more than we did last year

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says movie theaters are expecting big crowds Christmas Day with highly-anticipated releases out like "Les Miserables" and "Django Unchained."

Housing construction bounces back in Los Angeles

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says housing development is rebounding in the Southland.

Lacter: Shoppers are happy in California, despite fiscal cliff

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says shoppers in California are pretty content this holiday season... so far.Steve Julian: I heard someone on the radio say yesterday, if you celebrate Christmas, the best advice I can give you is breathe – just breathe.