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BUSINESS STORIES FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2004
Pilots deal pulls Delta from brink
Delta Air Lines and negotiators for its pilots union Wednesday reached tentative agreement on contract concessions, backing the nation's third-largest carrier off the brink of imminent bankruptcy.

Union says okay to new agreement
Union meatcutters and clerks at Kroger's 70 local stores Wednesday approved a three-year contract that grants pay raises but also requires them to shoulder more of the cost of health insurance benefits.

P&G posts first-quarter earnings of $2 billion
Despite increasing costs for raw materials such as coffee beans and increased promotional spending by competitors, Procter & Gamble Co. earned $2 billion, or 73 cents per share, for the fiscal first quarter ended Sept. 30, the company said Wednesday.

Argosy buying Ohio venues
While state lawmakers debate the prospect of legalizing gambling in Ohio, Argosy Gaming Co. already is staking its turf in the Buckeye State.

Consultant has new vision for Mall Road area
The aging Mall Road shopping strip could become an innovative, vibrant district of entertainment, retailing, homes and offices.

Grade-school investors put pros to shame
Stock Market Game teams - like investors everywhere - struggled this week with a weak market that played havoc with many stocks and mutual funds.
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Peale: Indian Hill's DeWitt savoring World Series
Bill DeWitt may or may not be the most successful businessman in Cincinnati.
Higher sales boost Blue Ash's LSI
LSI Industries Inc., the Blue Ash provider of commercial lighting and graphics, Wednesday reported higher net income in the three months ending Sept. 30. The company credited higher sales and cost-cutting for the improved bottom line in its fiscal first quarter.
'PayPal' waives fee today for some users
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Online payment service PayPal said it will essentially waive transaction fees for some customers today to make amends for the inconvenience caused by about five days of intermittent service outages earlier this month.
Stocks climb with oil's fall
NEW YORK - Stocks rose sharply Wednesday, extending their rally for a second session as investors expressed relief over plummeting oil prices following a government report that showed a build in crude inventories. The Dow Jones industrial average had its second straight triple-digit gain, pushing back above the 10,000 mark.
'Check 21' hits today, but effect may be minimal
As the Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act - Check 21 for short - takes effect today, bank customers will notice two changes. Smaller digital copies in their monthly statements could replace their original checks, and their checks will clear much faster.
Winter fuel concerns ease, oil futures prices drop 5%
Oil futures prices sank nearly 5 percent Wednesday, dropping below $53 a barrel, as concerns about tight winter fuel supplies eased, at least temporarily, and traders turned their attention to rising U.S. inventories of crude.
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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.

 
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