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BUSINESS NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2004
Poll: Tax refunds come and go fast
More than six in 10 Greater Cincinnati residents either have already received or are expecting federal tax refunds this year, and 58 percent of those expect more than $1,000, according to an Enquirer and WCPO-TV poll.

Smooth Sailing
In its relatively short history, Walker Marine has worked hard to distinguish itself from other local boat dealers.

Professor looks inside 'The Toyota Way'
Toyota made $8.13 billion last year - larger than the combined earnings of General Motors, Chrysler and Ford and the biggest annual profit of any automaker in at least a decade.


Shoppers splurged in March
America's shoppers, buoyed by an improved job climate and tax refunds, indulged themselves in March and boosted sales at the nation's retailers by the largest amount in a year, a promising sign the economy is back in the groove.

Business meetings this week
Announcements of meetings and seminars, and instructions for listing your event.

Stock Market Game
The Enquirer presents its winter-spring stock market game. Here are this week's results:
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Business People
Promotions & new on the job.
MORE BUSINESS NEWS
Cognis names new head of U.S. operations here
Paul S. Allen, global leader of Cognis Corp.'s nutrition and health business, has been named president of U.S. operations based in Winton Place.
Churchill Downs bids $45M for La. track
NEW ORLEANS - Churchill Downs Inc. has offered to buy the financially troubled New Orleans Fair Grounds for $45 million.
High-tech wineries making a statement
SAN MARTIN, Calif. - Once, wine meant horse-drawn plows and barefoot workers stomping in a tub. These days, winemakers are more likely to depend on the juice running through their personal computers as they turn grapes into premium vintages.
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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
William Erpenbeck Jr. spent a decade building a company that crumbled in months. Once one of the Tristate's biggest home builders, the Erpenbeck Co. succumbed to a bank fraud that affected lenders, subcontractors and home owners. Click here for links to all Enquirer reports.