Heat worries ease
Fears of sharply higher natural gas prices this winter are receding, as already-high fall prices are beginning to drop.
Heat aid might be reduced

'Do not call' could mean 'do call'
Telemarketers will be free to make sales pitches next week to people who registered for the national do-not-call list, the government said Friday.

Economy 'firing on all cylinders'
The U.S. economy, powered by a red-hot housing market and a huge dose of spending for the war in Iraq, grew at a surprisingly strong 3.3 percent clip last quarter and raised hopes for an even better performance the rest of the year.

What's the buzz?
The publisher of Cleveland magazine will unveil a quarterly Cincy Business magazine starting in December.

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The Cincinnati Enquirer's free daily e-mail business briefing is even easier to receive. How do you get it? Click here to register.

Don't sit still, motivator tells entrepreneur expo
CARTHAGE - Entrepreneurs who offer consumers exceptional products and services at below-market prices will be big winners in an ever-changing business climate, a top motivational speaker says.
Cincom buys software firm
Cincom Systems Inc. has acquired the assets of Synchrony Communications, formerly one of the region's biggest high-tech startups, the company said Friday.
LexisNexis to build new data center
DAYTON, Ohio - LexisNexis plans to build a new data center in Springfield, a move expected to create 80 or more jobs within the next three years.
Subway revamps kids' fare
MILFORD, Conn. - The Subway sandwich chain is introducing a revamped children's meal that includes fewer calories at its nearly 20,000 restaurants.
Market decline could be correction
NEW YORK - Many Wall Street analysts believe what stocks need now is a correction, a significant pullback after six months of rallies. And the market's performance this past week indicates one might already be under way.
Agency orders recall of all Segway scooters
WASHINGTON - Segway scooters, promoted as almost untippable when unveiled two years ago, are being recalled. It turns out they don't work so well when the batteries get low - riders have fallen off and been injured.
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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


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

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.