The Cincinnati Enquirer
Sunday, March 28, 1999 -- Volume 4, No. 87
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COMPUTER VIRUS WARNING
        SAN FRANCISCO — A rapidly spreading computer virus forced several large corporations to shut down their e-mail servers Friday night as it rode the Internet on a global rampage, several leading network security companies reported Saturday.
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Business Headlines for  Sunday, March 28, 1999

Economy sails amid dangers
        Unless it gets impaled by steel or slips on a banana peel, the U.S. economy looks as if it will sail through 1999, The Cincinnati Enquirer's Board of Economists says.

U.S. banana stance puzzling to Europeans
        WASHINGTON — As both sides of the Atlantic gird for a trade war over bananas, Europeans continue to be amazed that the United States is willing to put up such a fuss on behalf of one company, Chiquita Brands International of Cincinnati.

TIPSHEET
        Rumblings about Procter & Gamble Co. buying other companies are commonplace. Just ask the people in its corporate communications office stuck giving no comments. But one rumor raised some eyebrows this week because of who was doing the rumoring.

Mulch man's idea born of bad luck, great timing
        Five years ago in May, Irvine Industrial Inc. was sliding toward the yawning crater of bankruptcy, and its 35-year-old president was understandably and significantly desperate. A forklift and heavy-equipment distributor, Irvine could not compete with discounted prices quoted by larger firms.

ENTREPRENEURS: Customer seems to be low priority
        In his last incarnation, Montgomery resident Brad Saltz was chief financial officer for Houston's, a chain of 45 restaurants based in Phoenix that posted $200 million in annual revenues.

SMALL-BUSINESS DIARY
        Jeff Brown, owner of home-based Rent-A-Geek and a Web site expert for WKRC-TV, will detail troubleshooting computer tips at the April 12 meeting of Women Home-based Business Owners Support Group. The meeting, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., will be at Johnny Chan 2, 11296 Montgomery Road, Symmes Township.

Cleveland brewer revives P.O.C. beer The Associated Press
        CLEVELAND — An extinct beer with an eye-catching name has made a comeback in Cleveland — P.O.C.

PRICIEST HOMES
        The top residential real estate transfers in Greater Cincinnati, compiled by Transamerica Intellitech Inc.:

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