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BUSINESS NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 2004
DHL's loss may be huge to N.Ky.
The pullout of DHL could drain $250.9 million a year from the Northern Kentucky economy, according to an analysis released Tuesday by the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

Get off phone and drive, workers told
The rush-hour commute has become a time for contemplation, a slug of coffee, a bite of an egg-chili-cheese burrito with every lurch of traffic and a quick scribble on the dashboard notepad.

Fed poised to raise rates
The Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates today for the first time in more than four years.

First Financial extends CEO hunt
First Financial Bancorp said Tuesday it was extending the search for a president and chief executive, and banking analysts say its next option could be to sell the company.

TECH TUESDAY
Trashed computers are Double Trouble
Imagine just throwing away a lump of lead weighing up to five pounds - putting it out with the rest of the trash to be put into a landfill or who knows where else.

In your opinion
The Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates next week. How will a hike in interest rates affect you? Will you earn more on savings? Will you pay more for your credit cards or other debt? Will it change your mind on buying a house? Will it affect how you invest in your business? Please contact John Byczkowski at 513-768-8377, or email him at johnb@enquirer.com.

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MORE BUSINESS NEWS
Lexus retains title as most dependable
DETROIT - Toyota Motor Corp. remains the automaker with the most dependable vehicles, led by its Lexus luxury brand. But Detroit's Big Three manufacturers all showed improvement in the past year, according to the latest J.D. Power and Associates vehicle dependability study released Tuesday.
Five receive tax incentives
Ohio officials have approved tax incentives for five companies to locate or expand in Greater Cincinnati.
Credit unions lure rejects from banks
HARRISBURG, Pa. - Looking to expand their business, credit unions are reaching out to people who lack traditional checking accounts, people who now rely on check-cashing outlets to liquidate their paychecks or get money orders to pay their bills.
Pelfrey scores with move
Former Bengal Doug Pelfrey's attempt to relocate his three businesses into one location is up - and it's good.
Gas, jobs fuel upbeat report
NEW YORK - Consumer confidence jumped to a two-year high in June, buoyed by an improved job market and softening gasoline prices, the New York-based Conference Board reported Tuesday.
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NEWS TIPS
Has your job been sent off-shore?
The Enquirer would like to hear from you. If you know of any companies in the Cincinnati area that have transferred jobs or outsourced work -- at the expense of local jobs -- to nations wiph lower labor costs, please e-mail us.

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.