Europe teaches lessons about style
Cliff Peale reports from Russia: As Procter & Gamble Co. gears up its operations in Russia, the company is blending the experience of market growth in a post-communist state with the tough lessons learned from decades of battle against fierce competition in the upscale nations of Western Europe.
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Vanity products are a gamble for Procter
Making cleaning products, two worlds meet
Q&A: Former dancer takes giant leap
Booming market bears potential and challenge
It's not like Kroger: 'Stores' make selling a challenge
New economy holds instability and risk
Overseas sales have big impact back home

CEO learned 'value of dollar' after family started over in U.S.
J.J. Suarez's favorite movie is As Good As It Gets. Considering where he came from, it's hard to imagine how things could get much better.

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What's the buzz?
Newtown-based Meridian Bioscience Inc. on Monday said it had been awarded a contract to manufacture Parvovirus B19 vaccine for The National Institutes of Health.

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Making it
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Tristate summary
Margaret Buchanan, president and publisher of the Enquirer, will be the keynote speaker at the Tristate Chamber Collaborative's Business Summit on Nov. 14. Sponsored by chambers around the region, the event started last year, replacing the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce's annual business luncheon.

Big brouhaha over tiny bits of ice cream
As Paducah, Ky.-based Dippin' Dots prepares to celebrate 15 years in business and show off an expansion to franchisers, the ice-cream maker is embroiled in a trademark case that will determine if its founder's patent is valid.

Magazine grows against the odds
NEW YORK - Starting a weekly magazine can be one of the fastest ways to lose money in publishing. Now imagine launching a news-weekly with a bare-bones staff, very little money to spend on advertising and limited space for ads in your own pages.

Motorola to spin off semiconductor unit
CHICAGO - Motorola Inc. plans to spin off its semiconductor operations, its biggest money loser, as a separate, publicly traded company - a change of course analysts said was long overdue.

Iraq awards wireless telephone licenses to three Arab companies
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's reconstruction efforts got a boost Monday with the awarding of licenses for wireless phone networks that are expected to begin operating within weeks in a country the cellular revolution bypassed.

$80M smoking verdict tossed
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday threw out an $80 million verdict against cigarette maker Philip Morris.

Business digest
ATLANTA - United Parcel Service Inc. will deliver ground packages a day faster in 20 of the nation's largest cities, the company said Monday.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's business stories)
Pumpkins good, but not bountiful
Wet weather hasn't been kind to the Tristate's pumpkin growers, leaving them fighting diseases spurred by a soggy summer after fighting soggy fields when planting in the spring.
Tips for buying and using pumpkins

Humvees press keeps armor firm all abuzz
FAIRFIELD - Military demand for armored Humvees has business at O'Gara-Hess & Eisenhardt armoring company humming.

Stock Market Game offers real fun, fake funds
Hundreds of students will try their hand at investing a mock $100,000. Non-students can, too, through the Enquirer-sponsored adult division.

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.