BUSINESS NEWS FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2003
Retailers see happier holidays ahead
Buoyed by rising economic indicators that sparked a four-month hot streak of consumer spending, retail industry analysts predict the 2003 holiday shopping season will be the most successful for shopkeepers in four years.

1st Financial's options limited
With the sudden exit of their longtime president and CEO, First Financial Bancorp directors must now craft a strategy to boost profits and lift a stock price that has sagged badly in recent years, Wall Street analysts say.

Discrimination case three years in the making
At Cincinnati Insurance Co., men and women work alongside each other in virtually equal number. Peek into the company's executive ranks, though, and the picture changes.

Income taxes get more taxing
Tax accountants say recent changes will likely stump many Americans next year.

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

Stock Market Game
The Enquirer has begun its twice-yearly stock market game standings. Here are this week's results:
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Tipsheet improved
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SMALL BUSINESS ENTERPRISE
Ky.'s Emerging 30 give lessons in how to succeed
When Nicole Christian thinks the economy is picking up and brighter days are ahead for business, she's reading the performance of her group's "Emerging 30" award winners.


Business Notes
Good looks for legs is the specialty of a shop opening in University Heights Nov. 1.
Rules of collecting numerous
As a buyer, when I purchase something from a local business, I pay sales tax. But what happens when I'm the seller?

OTHER BUSINESS HEADLINES
Goodyear agrees to pay $236M
AKRON - Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. has agreed to pay $236 million to settle a class-action case over faulty heating hoses.


Atlanta wants to be HQ for free-trade zone
ATLANTA - Foreign trade representatives from five South American countries met Friday with business leaders in Atlanta, which wants to be the headquarters for a Western Hemisphere free trade zone.
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SPECIAL COVERAGE
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

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.
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