Federated flees another city
Federated Department Stores said Friday that it would close the Lazarus/Macy's store in downtown Columbus - one of three remaining center-city locations for the regional chain, including stores in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.

Earnings up, but growth still slow
Corporate profits are on the upswing. As the third-quarter earnings season moves into full swing, much of the news has been good.

Women recount business success
Several female entrepreneurs and professionals recounted the lessons they learned to the Greater Cincinnati Women's Chamber of Commerce Friday.

What's the buzz?
For at least the third time in the last two years, Greater Cincinnati is again serving as a test market for a new product offering from Shell Oil.

Stock Market Game
The Enquirer has begun its twice-yearly stock market game standings. Here are this week's results:
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Frisch's net gains 12.7%
Frisch's Restaurants Inc. said Friday that profits for its first quarter rose 12.7 percent to $3.3 million, or 68 cents a share, compared to $2.9 million, or 58 cents a share, for the same period a year ago.
Profits push indexes to new highs
NEW YORK - Wall Street welcomed another batch of better-than-expected profits this past week, helping carry the major indexes to 52-week highs. While analysts expect moderate gains ahead, the third-quarter earnings season might represent a peak.
Track spending to save
Question: I have a good-paying, professional job. My problem is that I can't seem to save money. I end up going the last five days or so between paychecks hoping nothing breaks and we don't run out of anything, because I have $30 in savings, $10 in checking and nothing in cash. I haven't taken a vacation for five years, and when I look around my apartment, I don't seem to have anything expensive anywhere.
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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.