5/3 defies recession
        Brisk revenue growth helped Fifth Third Bancorp post a 21 percent rise in fourth-quarter profits.

N. Ky. may hit a bump
        Despite predictions of the recession ending, 2002 still might be a rough year for the Northern Kentucky economy.

Corporate security faulted
        When it comes to corporate security, most companies are no safer than they were before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a corporate security expert says.

Enron updates
        Latest Associated Press Wire coverage.

Morning Memo
        Hot tips and news to start your business day.

Consumers defy predictions
        WASHINGTON — Consumers, defying predictions that they would turn into Scrooges, spent on clothes, electronics and home furnishings in December and prevented the sharp drop in retail sales that many analysts were forecasting.

Retailer's plans put on hold in W. Chester
        WEST CHESTER TWP. — Plans for a Jacobson's store here were iced Tuesday when the specialty retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Business Digest
        WASHINGTON — Beginning March 1, low-income seniors will be able to buy a 30-day supply of a Pfizer prescription medicine for $15, the company announced Tuesday.

Industry notes: Banking
        Activity for mergers and acquisitions among U.S. banks continued to fall last year, expanding a trend for the past three years.

Tristate Summary

Morning Memo

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Jager's legacy: Products go to market
        Although Durk Jager no longer roams the 11th floor at Procter & Gamble's headquarters, his legacy lives on store shelves. That's where about half a dozen products that Mr. Jager, former chairman and chief executive, pushed through the P&G pipeline are now.
Jager's hits and misses

Delta-attendants struggle high stakes
        As much as they may disagree about who should win, officials from Delta Air Lines and the Association of Flight Attendants agree on one thing — the union-organizing election that ends this month is a very big deal for both sides.

Time to check insurance
        The National Association of Insurance Commissioners suggests that now would be a good time for you to assess the coverage you've purchased for your home and vehicles, your life and health. They've even set aside a week for that very purpose.

T H E   Y E A R   I N   R E V I E W
Local scene all shook up
        Though business news for 2001 was overshadowed by stories about recession and bear stock markets, the Greater Cincinnati scene was busy enough to fill the Enquirer pages.
Top 10 national business stories

Greater Cincinnati 100
        Manufacturing dominates the field among Greater Cincinnati's 100 biggest private companies.
11 companies break into top 100
List of Greater Cincinnati 100