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BUSINESS STORIES FOR FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2004
Kroger deal down to wages
Negotiators for Kroger Co. and its food workers return to the bargaining table today attempting to overcome the last hurdles to a new three-year contract.

Closson's drops Hyde Park store plan
Closson's has dropped plans to build a flagship Hyde Park location and will instead spruce up its Montgomery store with a new floor design and art gallery.

North of the border, cola drinkers crave the real thing
At Taqueria Mercado on Dixie Highway in Fairfield, Mexican-made Coca-Cola is absent from the menu - not what you'd expect at a bona fide taco shop.

Delta's stock value is in the eye of the holder
Losses total $6.2 billion over three years. Bankruptcy is a real possibility. Thousands of jobs are at stake.

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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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AIG just misses forecast; grand-jury probe looms
NEW YORK - Third-quarter net income at American International Group Inc., one of the insurance giants named in an investigation into questionable sales practices, rose 7.5 percent in spite of higher catastrophe losses, but missed Wall Street's forecast by a penny.
Discount airline ATA cuts more jobs
INDIANAPOLIS - Discount airline ATA on Thursday eliminated 220 positions in a cost-cutting move a day after it said a pay cut accepted by flight attendants would not save enough money to ease its cash-flow problems.
Local insurers feel effects of hurricanes on earnings
Payouts to insurance policyholders who suffered hurricane damage in August and September led to a 44 percent drop in third-quarter net income at Midland Co.
US Airways' pilots union OKs contract - and 18% pay cut
ARLINGTON, Va. - US Airways' pilots union ratified a new labor contract Thursday that the airline says is a critical step to a successful emergence from bankruptcy, with pilots accepting an 18 percent pay cut on average and other changes that will cut costs by $300 million a year.
Google's 3Q profits more than double '03
SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc.'s third-quarter profit more than doubled, reflecting a continued surge in the online advertising distributed by its Internet-leading search engine.
Settled in jail, Martha pushes federal appeal
NEW YORK - Martha Stewart, trying to clear her tarnished name even as she serves a prison term, claims in her appeal that her trial was tainted by "a barrage" of unfair suggestions that she was charged with insider trading.
Qwest agrees to $250M civil fine
DENVER - U.S. prosecutors said Thursday that Qwest Communications isn't off the hook, even though the company agreed to a $250 million civil fine for its "addiction" to fraudulent accounting.
Leading indicators down; jobs improve
NEW YORK - A closely watched barometer of future economic activity fell in September for the fourth consecutive month, suggesting that the recovery may be cooling. A separate report from the Labor Department, however, suggested modest improvement in the job market.
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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

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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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