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Federated forecast rosier
Federated Department Stores on Thursday raised its profit forecast for the third quarter by as much as 10 cents a share, despite lackluster sales for the period due to hurricanes in Florida, among other factors.

Gutter-lid suppliers slug it out in court
As you lean over the top of your ladder and scoop slimy, decomposing leaves from the clogged gutters of your home, a growing number of companies in town are battling to spare you the dreary task.

253 houses, 300 condos coming in Fairfield Twp., Harrison
Fischer Homes plans to build 553 housing units in two projects in Fairfield Township and Harrison.

Opportunities at the Exchange
Business is brisk at Superior Maintenance Co. The Elizabethtown, Ky.-based provider of janitorial, maintenance and other services to businesses landed a $4 million contract after taking part in the Toyota Opportunity Exchange for minority businesses and the automaker's suppliers.

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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Business reader panel
The Enquirer's Business section is seeking a dozen people to join our Readers Panel. The panel will meet four times a year to discuss consumer and economic issues affecting Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. If you're interested in being considered, please contact assistant business editor Mark Wert at 768-8526 before 3 p.m. weekdays, or e-mail him at

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Bush agenda, oil revive markets
NEW YORK - Wall Street bounded higher for the second straight day Thursday as investors reveled in sharply falling oil prices and the pro-business agenda of the second Bush administration. The Dow Jones industrials gained more than 177 points for its best day of 2004, while the S&P 500 closed at its highest level since early 2002.
Fatter fliers add to fuel cost
ATLANTA - Heavy suitcases aren't the only things weighing down airplanes and requiring them to burn more fuel, pushing up the cost of flights. A new government study reveals that airlines increasingly have to worry more about the weight of their passengers.
Railroads run fast to meet demands
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The convergence of an improving economy, increased international trade, bumper crops and higher fuel prices has led to a record-setting year for U.S. railroads.
Wachovia to pay $37M in merger suit
WASHINGTON - Wachovia Corp. agreed to pay a $37 million civil fine Thursday to settle federal regulators' allegations that the banking giant violated disclosure rules in connection with its 2001 merger with First Union Corp.
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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.
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
Making cleaning products, two worlds meet
Q&A: Former dancer takes giant leap
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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