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Ahead of the G-20 summit, Paul Solman asks small business owners at a New York health and beauty show how the economy is faring in their home countries.
And still to come on the NewsHour tonight: state secrets and national security; and trimming overcharge fees.
That follows economics correspondent Paul Solman's preview of the economic summit convening in Pittsburgh tomorrow. He starts off in a very unlikely place.
Last week's health and beauty show at New York's Javits Center, a gathering less exclusive than the G-20, perhaps, but colorful enough and every bit as focused on global prosperity.
From a Canadian cosmetics firm…
Being a chemist…
… trying to conjure up business with a chemistry sideshow to the Tahiti booth, native oils their specialty…
… to an Arkansas beauty queen, sporting a 10-pound dress of fragrant rubber bands.
Excuse me. I don't mean to intrude, but, yes, what smell is that?
So, on the cusp of the G-20 meeting, and just one year after global collapse, how's the world economy doing?
MARTA WITKOWSKA, BELL PPHU, Poland:
After a few months, everything got better.
ANTOINE DAUBY, Naturex, France:
It seems like people are gaining more confidence, and it starts slowly again.
Canada's OK, too.
We are coming back.
And South Korea, whose economy was shrinking dramatically just a few months ago, is again rising.
Is it getting better, yes?
JAMES LEE, Taptech Massager, South Korea:
Yes, it's a little bit getting better.
James Lee makes the super-pounding massager.
It's like pounding on my back now, ba-doom, ba-doom.
It debuted at an unpropitious moment, last October.
Did you have any sales at all in October? No. No?
No sales? When did you start to have sales?
Actually, just from the March.
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