BUSINESS NEWS FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2003
End of oversight in sight
In wrapping up one of the most challenging times in its history, Fifth Third Bancorp is expected by this weekend to have complied with operational changes demanded by regulators.
Memo quashes rumor 5/3 leaving

Minority enterprise spawned for OTR
After almost 32 years at Procter & Gamble Co., Howard D. Elliott could spend his retirement just about anywhere. He chose Over-the-Rhine.

Private labels prove profitable
Both Cincinnati-based Federated Department Stores and supermarket giant Kroger Co. have said that introducing more private-label brands - products that carry the store's name or another name owned by the store - would be a key ingredient to future growth.

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Want a shot at $3,000? Personal money management expert Dave Ramsey will sign his new book and give away the money Friday at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Kenwood.

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OPEC decides to cut oil output by 3.5%
VIENNA, Austria - Members of the OPEC oil cartel have agreed to make a pre-emptive cut in their production target for crude in an effort to bolster prices ahead of an expected decrease in demand early next year.
Engineered Environments acquired
Engineered Environments Inc., a Clermont County maker of environmental control units, has been acquired by St. Louis-based Engineered Support Systems Inc. for $15.5 million in cash plus other adjustments.
Ohio steel production up; gas, scrap costs eat gains
YOUNGSTOWN - Ohio steel producers made and shipped more steel in the first half of this year than in the same period in 2002, but high energy and scrap prices offset the growth, a university reported.
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Business digest

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's business stories)
Kroger growth tougher
Faced with competition from superstores, warehouse clubs and even gas station mini-marts, traditional grocery stores are losing market share at a brisk clip.

Delta tries to make customers love to fly
HEBRON - Company officials acknowledge they have taken away some attention from treating customers right and that Delta's reputation as an industry leader in customer service has lost some of its luster. Now, they're refocusing on that area.

Clear Channel clearly center of controversy
In the past 12 months, Clear Channel Communications has been accused of everything from monopolizing and homogenizing the radio industry to banning the Dixie Chicks and being a right-wing mouthpiece.
Government rethinking deregulation of radio

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.