BUSINESS NEWS FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2003
First Financial president ousted
In a surprise move, Stanley N. Pontius, longtime president and chief executive of First Financial Bancorp, one of the Tristate's largest banks, was asked to leave Wednesday by the company's board.

Place is the same, but methods have changed
Some people relive family memories by browsing through old photos. For Fred Peck, a quick flip through his dental charts is all that's needed to bring his father and grandfather to mind.

Kroger on lookout for fake coupons
Workers at Kroger stores in Greater Cincinnati have been told to be on the lookout for bogus computer-generated coupons after widespread counterfeiting led the company to stop accepting such coupons for free products in Georgia.
Kroger gives away what it can't sell

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

What's the buzz?
Two Greater Cincinnati companies are first-timers on Forbes magazine's annual Best 200 small companies list.

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

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

Retail sales dip 0.2% in September
WASHINGTON - Even as a report Wednesday showed the U.S. economy strengthening, other data showed that America's shoppers took a bit of a breather in September, dropping sales at the nation's retailers by 0.2 percent.
Provident parent posts 3Q gains
A big reduction in costs to cover problem loans helped the parent of Provident Bank post a 15 percent gain in third-quarter profits.
Tristate summary

Business digest

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

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.