Caveat issued for Ohio ballot issue
Backed by Republicans and Democrats, business executives and unions, Ohio Gov. Bob Taft is stumping statewide for the Nov. 4 ballot issue authorizing the sale of $500 million in bonds for high-tech industrial development.

Are you Alaskan? Here's a check for $1,107.56
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Robert Lague fingered the price tags on the guitars in the pawn shop as he fantasized about what he will do with his check for $1,107.56 in free money.

Brazil wants more trade, envoy says
U.S. business and government leaders who perceive Brazil as a small Latin American country whose main export is coffee are gravely mistaken and could be missing lucrative opportunities.

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A new report suggests that Greater Cincinnati's weak office market is showing few signs of improving because companies are reluctant to add jobs and expand space.

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Retailers: Sales continue to be better than expected
NEW YORK - The outlook for the holiday shopping season got a boost Thursday as retailers reported their third straight month of better-than-expected sales. Tax rebates and cooler weather gave consumers an incentive to spend freely, particularly on apparel.
NLRB orders Toyota to post pledge about union support
GEORGETOWN, Ky. - The National Labor Relations Board has found that Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky Inc. might have violated labor laws and ordered it to post a notice pledging not to discipline employees who support a union, an NLRB lawyer said.
Meijer's bagging system could lead to 8,000 job cuts
WALKER, Mich. - Meijer Inc. is experimenting with a new bagging system that the retailer might put in all of its 158 stores in a cost-cutting move that would eliminate almost 8,000 bagging jobs.
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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.

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.
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
Making cleaning products, two worlds meet
Q&A: Former dancer takes giant leap
Europe teaches lessons about style
Vanity products are a gamble for Procter

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.