BUSINESS NEWS FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2003
AK Steel looks ahead
The removal of AK Steel's top executives could improve the Middletown-based firm's tumultuous labor relations and ease the path to cost-cutting measures, analysts and union officials said Friday.
AK Steel workers fret after shake-up

Cards help to budget bucks
OXFORD - Next week, Miami University ID cards will be transformed into debit cards.
Student ID debit cards nothing new for OSU

Talk of merger boosts Blockbuster shares
DALLAS - Shares of Blockbuster Inc. jumped Friday after a report that the video-rental giant is in the early stages of talks about a possible merger with Columbia House, the mail-order music and movie retailer.

What's the buzz?
GE Aircraft Engines said Friday that it expects revenue this year to fall about $300 million compared with last year.

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Investors setting sights on technology
When the Nasdaq Composite Index closed above 1,900 for the first time in 18 months this past week, it was a clear sign that investors are steadily regaining their confidence in the stock market.
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THE GREATER CINCINNATI 100
Top private firms saw recession
Even before the recession hit in March 2001, Greater Cincinnati's largest private businesses saw the tough times coming.

Drees Co. grabs top ranking in the 100
The Drees Co. earned the top spot in this year's Greater Cincinnati 100, but company officials say that the home builder is even bigger now.

Vehicle dealers showed the way
The tech bubble burst, the U.S. economy slumped, and consumers ducked for cover from terrorists.
These 100 show best of can-do spirit
Health care costs bite deep
Accountable to themselves
Habegger posts 50th profit in 50th year
Builder moves up - for now
Floturn flourishes as others fall
Sumerel service adds to revenue
Companies: Outlook for economy is grim
Everclear emerges as true up-and-comer

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Erpenbeck archive
A. William Erpenbeck spent years building a company that appears to be crumbling. One of the Tristate's biggest home builders, the Erpenbeck Co., is under federal investigation for a suspected bank fraud that is affecting lenders, subcontractors and home owners. Click here for links to all Enquirer reports.