AK Steel will keep Wainscott
James Wainscott's 29-day tryout as AK Steel Holding Corp.'s chief executive was a successful one.

Citifest has room, with view
An upscale version of Citifest starts a 16-day run Saturday and is expected to attract up to 20,000 visitors looking for the latest ideas in custom-made decks and ritzy media rooms for mingling with friends or relaxing at home.

Pontius lands on his feet
Former First Financial Bancorp president and chief executive Stanley Pontius will walk away with a hefty financial package - including millions of dollars, medical benefits and a company car - as part of his severance agreement.

Inflation modest, output gains
Consumer prices rose by a modest 0.3 percent in September for the second month in a row, mostly reflecting higher gasoline prices that put a dent in motorists' wallets.

What's the buzz?
Procter & Gamble Co.'s Folgers coffee is aiding the campaign to reopen the Statue of Liberty.

Tipsheet improved
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Apple's iTunes adds Windows features
SAN FRANCISCO - It was a strange sight Thursday - Apple chief executive Steve Jobs touting a Windows product.
Insurer reports 14.8% increase
Midland Co. reported a 14.8 percent rise in third-quarter earnings Thursday and said losses stemming from Hurricane Isabel damage claims were lower than expected.
Local firm among grant recipients
Ohio's Third Frontier Commission has awarded $13 million to projects that Gov. Bob Taft sees as possible enterprises of the future.
German ambassador here to discuss business
Opportunities for bilateral trade and investment between the United States and Germany have never been better, Wolfgang Ischinger, the German ambassador to the United States, told a group of business and political leaders gathered Thursday at the Hilton Netherland Plaza hotel.
No-spam list not feasible now
NEW YORK - The premise sounds simple: To cut down on junk e-mail, simply submit your addresses to a "do-not-spam" list that marketers would have to check to avoid fines.
Ex-HealthSouth chief rebuffs House panel
WASHINGTON - Saying he was denied "a fair hearing" by Congress, ousted HealthSouth chief Richard Scrushy invoked his constitutional privilege Thursday and refused to answer House members' questions in their investigation of the $2.5 billion accounting scandal engulfing the major medical services company.
NYSE widens floor-trade inquiry
NEW YORK - The New York Stock Exchange will discipline and seek substantial fines against five floor-trading firms as part of a widening probe into improper trading that may have cost investors millions.
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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.
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.