BUSINESS NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2003
Cintas exec's power trimmed
Even though Cintas chairman Richard Farmer is founder of the uniform supplier and its largest shareholder, he is no longer a member of a board committee to nominate board directors.

Volunteers sought in workplace
Trying to reach Americans where they spend most of every day - the workplace - President Bush's chief volunteer recruiter came to Cincinnati Tuesday asking local workers to devote more hours to charities and community service.

Aggressive moves pay off with profits
Putting the Prilosec anti-heartburn medicine next to the salsa or spaghetti sauce on store shelves is an example of the newly aggressive Procter & Gamble Co.

Chamber backs $500M bond issue
The bandwagon for Ohio Gov. Bob Taft's proposed $500 million bond issue for economic development is loaded with Cincinnatians.

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

Peale: What's the buzz?
The goal is $25 million for the next round of the Partnership for Greater Cincinnati, the region's economic-development campaign.

Business Meetings This Week
Announcements of meetings and seminars, and instructions for listing your event.

Tipsheet improved
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Profits increase at media giants
Media giant E.W. Scripps Co., owner of the Cincinnati Post and the surging Scripps Networks, posted solid earnings gains Tuesday, as did Gannett Co. Inc., owner of The Cincinnati Enquirer.
Benefits top issue in 3-state Kroger strike
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Kroger employee Susan Clark says she can't afford to take her two children to the doctor.
Apple to offer online tunes for Windows
SAN JOSE, Calif. - For a few months, Apple Computer Inc. enjoyed its own lofty spot in the legitimate online music world. Not anymore.
Aging Europe faces crippling pension costs
PARIS - After decades as a teacher on the Mediterranean coast, Francelise Madassamy envisaged a leisurely retirement in southern France, with occasional trips to Guadeloupe, the French Caribbean island where she was born.
Pension-backing system in jeopardy, agency reports
WASHINGTON - Finances at the government's pension insurance program deteriorated further this past summer, with its deficit reaching a record $8.8 billion as of Aug. 31, the agency's executive director told Congress Tuesday.
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SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's business stories)
Buying into fantasy football
With more than 13 million people playing the game of fantasy football, businesses are looking to cash in on this growing phenomenon.

P&G, Cintas travel 2 roads
When two of Greater Cincinnati's biggest companies face shareholders Tuesday, one will be under pressure from union activists while the other will be riding a crest that has taken its stock price to a three-year high.


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
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
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