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BUSINESS STORIES FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2004
This little cell phone could be after my job
Pilcher Tech column: In about 10 or 15 years, WCPO-TV weatherman Pete Delkus and I may not have jobs.

Prices fall sharply after hitting new high
Oil prices fell sharply Monday in what traders described as a wave of profit-taking after futures hit a new high above $55 a barrel and after gasoline futures fell sharply on indications of declining demand.

Partners gear up for engine research
Even as they're recovering from the worst recession in airline history, engine partners GE Transportation and Snecma Moteurs of France are beginning to think about requirements for their next new engine sometime after 2012.

Cost squeeze sends Frisch's profits lower
Frisch's Restaurants Inc. reported Monday that soft sales at its Big Boy and Golden Corral restaurants as well as higher costs for meat and dairy products drove earnings down 11.8 percent in its fiscal first quarter ending Sept. 19.

Kroger: Negotiations continuing
Labor negotiations continued late into the evening Monday between the Kroger Co. and United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1099, after a weekend recess.

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Lucky pick allows Springboro team to get rich
Two teams from Springboro High School made a killing in Ohio's Stock Market Game through Mercury Air Group's recent spike in stock price.
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Business reader panel
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Rival's bad news affects Chemed
Shares of Chemed Corp. closed lower Monday, despite the company issuing higher earnings guidance, after a rival said it was facing a Justice Department probe and would post lower-than-expected third-quarter results.

Thieves' favorite: Escalade truck
WASHINGTON - The Cadillac Escalade EXT, a $53,000 chrome-trimmed luxury pickup with leather bucket seats, a seven-speaker stereo system with satellite radio and a global tracking system, is the vehicle most targeted by thieves, a study by the insurance industry found.

Business digest
Convergys Corp., the Cincinnati-based provider of integrated billing, employee care and customer-care services, said Monday that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission has awarded it a five-year contract to provide comprehensive human resources and payroll services for the commission's 46,000 employees.

TECH TUESDAY
Google tool reveals files on multiple-user computers
NEW YORK - People who use public or workplace computers for e-mail, instant messaging and Web searching have a new privacy risk to worry about: Google's free new tool that indexes a PC's contents for quickly locating data.


Safeguard Internet for your children
The Internet is an incredibly useful tool for children, but it's also full of objectionable content that's merely a few keystrokes away. Here are four ways to help make your child's online experience a safer one.


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.

 
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