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BUSINESS NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2004
New carrier may join Delta
Erlanger-based Comair could have a new Delta Connection sibling as soon as this month, with Milwaukee-based Midwest Air Group in final negotiations to start flying regional jets for Delta Air Lines.

Coke's pop art poster touts Freedom Center
In a marriage of marketing glitz and civic charity, Coca-Cola Ck. has designed a commemorative bottle and a poster that will be distributed to the first 50,000 visitors to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, all marking the museum's public opening Tuesday.

Ky. bank's CEO aims to expand
Robert Zapp has driven to Lexington five times and Louisville three times in the past several months.

LSI's stock tumbles 10%
Shares of LSI Industries Inc. fell 10 percent Tuesday after the Blue Ash lighting and graphics maker cut earnings forecasts for the fourth-quarter and year ended June 30.

Heart and sole
When it comes to shoe repair, Ran's Shoe Repair is a family affair. A photo essay by Meggan Booker

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


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MORE BUSINESS NEWS
Martha Stewart Inc. takes a bath
NEW YORK - Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. - still reeling from the personal legal woes of its founder, former chairwoman and CEO, who was sentenced to prison last month - posted a wider loss than Wall Street expected in the second quarter as it struggles with declining advertising. It also warned of more losses for the rest of the year.
Oil prices slam markets again
NEW YORK - Another record high for oil prices and a sharp drop in consumer spending rattled investors Tuesday, sending stocks lower.
Car sales rebound in July
DETROIT - Sales of new cars and trucks rebounded in July from anemic sales the month before, even as the nation's two largest automakers, General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co., both reported weaker year-over-year results. GM and Ford continued to lose market share to Asian rivals.
Consumer spending drop in June biggest since 2001
WASHINGTON - Consumers, the lifeblood of the economy, clutched tightly to their wallets in June and caused the largest spending drop in three years.
Huffy trying to steer around bumps in road
DAYTON, Ohio - Nancy Thickel has fond memories of the Huffy bikes she has bought over the years.
Banks address U.S. alert
Some major financial institutions in Greater Cincinnati are taking notice of heightened alerts that terrorists may strike U.S. banking and securities centers.
Adjacent Jeep supplier in Toledo a U.S. first
TOLEDO - Auto parts suppliers will build and operate a new plant and work side by side with DaimlerChrysler AG to make Jeeps - a first for the U.S. auto industry, the company said Tuesday.
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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.