BUSINESS NEWS FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2002
Chiquita stockholders quiet
       Most of the new owners of Chiquita Brands International Inc. appear to be holding onto their shares -- for now.

Local firms renew pledge to minorities
        A year after promising that Greater Cincinnati's corporate community would step up to help the growth of minority-owned companies, business leaders reiterated that promise Monday.

Battle of theaters looms
        For real drama, watch the battle unfolding between two Columbus developers who promise to be the first to deliver a state-of-the-art movie theater — along with trendy retail shops — to booming West Chester Township.

Intelligence companies help overseas business travelers
        NEW YORK — For Americans who travel abroad, the world looks like a more menacing place.

Report holds hope for worried skeptics
        WASHINGTON — The notion that the country's economic revival has real staying power gained believers Monday when the latest snapshot of the economy showed manufacturing growing for the second straight month and construction spending recording its largest increase in a year.

Morning Memo
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REGIONAL / NATIONAL BUSINESS HEADLINES
Tristate Summary
        Fingerhut union members plan to rally at the headquarters of parent company Federated Department Stores in Cincinnati on Friday — the day Federated plans to begin laying off Fingerhut employees.

Afghan magazine aimed at new women's audience
        KABUL, Afghanistan — A new magazine offers a rare look at what's on Afghan women's minds and an even rarer view behind the body-shrouding burqas that most women still wear in public.

American Financial to acquire Conseco unit for $48.5 million
        WASHINGTON — American Financial Group Inc. said its Great American Financial Resources Inc. unit reached an agreement to buy Conseco Inc.'s Manhattan National Life Insurance Co. for $48.5 million in cash.

Dana Corp. to build Carolina plant
        ORANGEBURG, S.C. — An Ohio-based company plans to build a $30 million plant to supply to BMW's upstate South Carolina operations, according to a local newspaper report.

Huffy subsidiary buys McCalla
        DAYTON, Ohio — A subsidiary of Huffy Corp. has acquired the McCalla Co., which provides merchandising services for Philips Lighting, Duracell, The Stanley Works and the Home Center channel, the company announced Monday.

More companies back away from Andersen
        CHICAGO — Four companies that had committed to Arthur Andersen LLP as their 2002 auditor announced a change of heart Monday, and another Fortune 500 corporation appointed a replacement for the troubled firm.

Suit rekindles Hewlett spat
        SAN JOSE, Calif. — Hewlett-Packard Co.'s board Monday broke the olive branch to dissident director Walter Hewlett after he sued to try to stop the merger with Compaq Computer Corp., reversing a plan to renominate him.

Business Digest - National
        Coca-Cola is reportedly developing a vanilla-flavored version of its best-selling flagship cola, extending the company's palette of flavorings from Cherry Coke and Diet Coke with lemon.
SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT
Local profits declined in 2001
        Mild recession perhaps, but Cincinnati companies' bottom line dropped again in 2001. The region's 40 locally based public companies collectively earned about 80 percent of what they did two years before.

Cinergy invests in clean
        If nothing else, Cinergy Corp. Chairman James Rogers is a realist when it comes to environmental costs.

Don't let collectors intimidate
        Engulfed by debt? Hounded by creditors? You have rights and there are resources to help you.

SPECIAL COVERAGE
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