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BUSINESS STORIES FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 5, 2004
Air Tite founder finds new challenge in boxes
Nothing fuels the entrepreneurial engine like the combination of an idea and a challenge.

SEC complaint costs Bristol-Myers $150M
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. agreed to pay $150 million to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission allegations that it improperly recognized revenue by selling excessive amounts of drugs to wholesalers.

Union: Delta offer a 'gouge'
Delta Air Lines' latest $1 billion concession proposal is a way to "exploit the current situation" and "gouge" the pilots, the chairman of the airline's pilot union said in a strongly worded letter to the rank-and-file Wednesday.

Chemed doubles quarterly earnings
Chemed Corp., which acquired the nation's largest hospice provider in February, more than doubled revenues and earnings for the second quarter ended June 30.

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
Even higher oil prices predicted
WASHINGTON - Oil prices could rise as high as $50 per barrel before the year is up, analysts say, as the world's growing thirst for crude stretches supplies thin and uncertainty abounds in petroleum-producing nations.
Traders ride roller-coaster
NEW YORK - Wall Street waffled through an erratic session Wednesday, closing mixed as investors nervously watched oil prices but also allowed themselves to be encouraged by good economic news.
Campbell's Soup reconstitutes itself
MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. - Campbell's Soup, a longtime fixture in American homes, is taking on a new role: the food for people on the run.
Toyota plans to boost production of hybrid cars
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - Toyota Motor Corp. has set a goal of selling 300,000 gas-electric hybrid vehicles worldwide by the end of 2005, but production capacity may be a factor, Toyota President Fujio Cho said Wednesday.
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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.