Thursday, February 12, 2004

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Fifth Third unit signs contract

Fifth Third Bank Processing Solutions, Fifth Third Bancorp's data-processing unit, has signed a multiyear contract extension to process credit cards for Bealls Inc., a Bradenton, Fla.-based retailer with more than 375 stores from Florida to California. Terms were not revealed. The deal calls for Fifth Third to process 15.2 million transactions for Bealls.

Delta puts tickets to Hawaii on sale

Delta Air Lines has put some tickets to Hawaii on sale, including trips from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. For tickets bought before Feb. 20 for travel before April 30, a one-way ticket to Honolulu from Delta's second-largest hub here is $304, based on a round-trip purchase. There are several blackout dates and a Saturday night stay is required, as is a seven-day advance purchase.

Victory bank plans 2 N.Ky. branches

FORT MITCHELL - Victory Community Bank, which says it has grown to $40 million in assets after its first year, plans to open two more branches in Northern Kentucky in the next three years. Bank president Jack Kenkel said the bank plans to open branches in Boone and Campbell counties. The bank will pick locations with similar customers to those using its first location. The bank, started by Kenkel and prominent Northern Kentucky homebuilder Henry Fischer, opened last January.

Palm Beach Tan opening area salon

Dallas-based Palm Beach Tan will make its debut in Greater Cincinnati Friday with the opening of its first tanning salon in the area at Hyde Park Plaza. The Hyde Park store is one of seven planned for the area. A second location is expected to open soon at 4756 Fields-Ertel Road.




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