BUSINESS NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2003
5/3 expanding office campus
Cincinnati banking giant Fifth Third Bancorp, in a step that signals major expansion, is investing $62 million to buy two more buildings near its Madisonville operations center and shift 1,750 workers from downtown Cincinnati.

Amtrak stretches route to Philly and New York
In less than three weeks, it will be possible to take a single train from Cincinnati all the way to New York City.

GE to put new face forward
GE Aircraft Engines is constructing a $15 million "front door'' to its sprawling Evendale headquarters and manufacturing plant along Interstate 75.

Morning memo
Hot tips & news to start your business day.

Peale: What's the buzz?
Dimitri Vaffin went to the university in Prem, a Russian city that was closed to foreigners until 1986. About that time, I was in college in New England, majoring in political science, televised sports and beer.

Special Report: P&G's Russian Frontier
In a three-day series, The Enquirer's Cliff Peale reports from Russia on Procter & Gamble's manufucturing and marketing drive there and the implications for Greater Cincinnati.
SUNDAY STORIES:
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
MONDAY STORIES:
Making cleaning products, two worlds meet
Q&A: Former dancer takes giant leap
TUESDAY STORIES:
Europe teaches lessons about style
Vanity products are a gamble for Procter

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Get real in boosting your firm
Figuring out if your company or product has effective marketing is really pretty simple, author Mark Stevens says.
Sony debuts new 'crossover' game
CHIBA, Japan - Sony Corp. offered a preview Tuesday of its next-generation PlayStation, a hybrid gaming machine with digital-media-hub features: a TV tuner, DVD and hard-drive recording and photo album and music player functions.
Tyco figures finally getting day in court
NEW YORK - Prosecutors accused L. Dennis Kozlowski and another executive Tuesday of raiding Tyco International to pay for lavish homes and decadent parties, while defense lawyers said the pair deserved every dollar they got.
Bank One puts Kuertz over Cincinnati network
Hoping to grow its commercial lending unit, Bank One has turned to an in-house business-banking veteran to run its 31-branch network in Greater Cincinnati.
SE Asian leaders aim for ties like Europe's
BALI, Indonesia - Ten Southeast Asian nations signed an ambitious accord Tuesday establishing a Europe-like economic community by 2020 in a region where democracies neighbor dictatorships and rapidly growing economies abut financial basket cases.
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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.

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

SPECIAL COVERAGE
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.