Economy on the mend, but hiring stalled here
Greater Cincinnati's job market seems to be at a standstill - not getting worse but not getting much better, despite improvement in the economy nationally. The hiring that is taking place is extremely selective.

DirecTV goes after signal pirates
Pirating satellite TV signals, as many Tristate residents are finding out, is a sure way to beam oneself into a courtroom.

Kentucky retailers join forces for season
Representatives of Newport on the Levee, Covington's MainStrasse Village, Hofbrauhaus Newport and other retailers announced a collective marketing effort Friday intended to boost traffic for Northern Kentucky retailers over the holidays and throughout the year.

Deal struck for national no-spam bill
The House announced a surprise compromise Friday to impose tough new limits on sending unwanted commercial e-mails, moving Congress closer to its first-ever protections against irritating offers for prescription drugs, cheap loans and herbal remedies.

Stock Market Game
The Enquirer presents its twice-yearly stock market game. Here are this week's results:
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Speaker urges flexibility
NORTH AVONDALE - Now that we've pushed envelopes and thought outside of boxes - some of us anyway - author Tom Peters wants us to reboot our outmoded notions of careers and what it takes to succeed in business.
Identity theft protection gaining support
WASHINGTON - House and Senate negotiators agreed Friday on legislation to give consumers new protections against identity theft, including free credit reports annually and a national fraud alert system to minimize damage once a theft has occurred.
Terrorism fears weigh on Wall Street
NEW YORK - A wave of bombings in Turkey over the past week revived fears of terrorism, but the attacks didn't send stock prices plunging. While the market closed the week with a loss, it drew strength from the steadily improving U.S. economy.
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SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's business stories)
The war on SPAM
In the undemocratic hierarchy of the white-collar workplace, spam is the great equalizer.

Fifth Third back at the top
Four years after losing its title as the Tristate's largest banking institution based on deposits, Fifth Third Bank has regained the crown.

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

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.