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TECH TUESDAY
BlackBerry sticks with consumers
Remember getting busted for reading a comic book in class? Or for passing notes, and the embarrassment of having them read to the class when you were caught?
Spyware outpaces attempts to foil it
Apple faces leaderless month
Tips for putting videos on DVD

BUSINESS NEWS FOR TUESDAY, AUGUST 3, 2004
Beauty has P&G blooming
Cincinnati-based consumer products giant Procter & Gamble Co. reported one of its best years ever Monday, and the reason wasn't Tide or Ivory.

Fifth Third to buy Florida bank
Fifth Third Bancorp will acquire First National Bankshares of Florida Inc. in a stock deal valued at $1.58 billion, pushing its assets across the $100 billion mark for the first time.

Forum to focus on retaining creative class
Nineteen fellows named to the 2004 Regional Leadership Forum will explore how to build and retain Cincinnati's creative class.

S P E C I A L   R E P O R T :   G R O C E R Y   W A R S
Who'll bag the shoppers?
Hometown grocery chains Kroger and biggs are getting ready to fight to defend their turf against the onslaught by Wal-Mart Supercenters.
Shoppers weigh price, inventory vs. hectic nature of 'big boxes'
Kroger has never been on this track before
Kroger tilts with non-union giants


Business reader panel
The Enquirer's Business section is seeking a dozen people to join our Readers Panel. The panel will meet four times a year to discuss consumer and economic issues affecting Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. If you're interested in being considered, please contact assistant business editor Mark Wert at 768-8526 before 3 p.m. weekdays, or e-mail him at mwert@enquirer.com.

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

Business People
Promotions & new on the job.
Tristate company sued by Chi-Chi's
PITTSBURGH - Chi-Chi's is suing food wholesalers, including a Campbell County company, in an effort to get them to help pay for scores of hepatitis-A-related lawsuits as it continues to settle its own lawsuits.

Tristate summary
The gas bill for a typical Cincinnati Gas & Electric residential customer will decline slightly this month to $114.54 from $115.41 in July, the unit of Cinergy Corp. says.

DPL Inc. to delay report for 2003, part of '04, again
DAYTON, Ohio - Regional energy company DPL Inc. said Monday it cannot provide an exact date for the filing of its 2003 annual report or its first and second-quarter reports for 2004, but said it will resume its regular quarterly dividends upon filing the reports.

Economic indicator shows lull is ending
NEW YORK - In the first sign that the U.S. economy is coming out of a recent stall, the manufacturing sector expanded at a respectable rate in July on strong orders and higher production rates.

P&G's 'fair trade' java now in stores
Procter & Gamble Co. will expand sales of its more expensive coffees from online and telephone orders to supermarkets to benefit impoverished growers as well as the environment.

Oil market stays steady despite terrorism alert
NEW YORK - Oil prices were little changed Monday despite continued fears of a disruption to Russian supplies and fresh warnings of possible terrorist attacks in the United States.

Business digest
Federated Department Stores Inc. said about 1,500 workers at two of its Macy's stores in San Francisco have approved a four-year labor contract.


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.