BUSINESS NEWS FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2003
First Financial's profits down 25%
A week after losing its longtime top executive, Hamilton-based First Financial Bancorp said third-quarter profits fell 25 percent.

Airlines schedule terminal switch
HEBRON - Starting next month, those flying either Northwest Airlines or Continental Airlines out of Cincinnati will need to go to a different part of the local airport.

FliX ready for debut
Andy Gibson and his partners at Xavier University haven't even opened their new business yet, but already, they've gotten an education.

U.S. deficit balloons to record
WASHINGTON - The federal deficit soared to $374.2 billion in 2003, the White House said Monday, a record total that more than doubled last year's red ink.

What's the buzz?
Southeast Indiana's riverboat casinos might be posting record revenues, but last month's take fell short of September 2002.

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Stock Market Game
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MORE BUSINESS NEWS
Tristate Summary
Convergys Corp. has signed a five-year agreement to provide human resourceand payroll administration for Fifth Third Bancorp.
Wal-Mart competition a factor in strikes
CROSS LANES, W.Va. - Looking for a root cause of the nation's three supermarket strikes? Check out Judy Ranson's shopping routine.
Growth slows in Sept. business report
NEW YORK - The nation's economy continued to rebound in September but appeared to slow after rapid growth earlier in the year, according to a closely watched gauge of future business activity.
Business Digest
TOKYO - Japanese electronics and entertainment giant Sony Corp. plans to eliminate more than 12 percent of its work force, by March 2006 in a major restructuring.
SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's business stories)
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.

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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