KROGER SEES STOCK SPLIT
The Kroger Co. couldn't tell hundreds of shareholders Thursday when it will complete its merger with Fred Meyer Inc., but the nation's largest grocery chain did give them a reason to look forward to it: a stock split.
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Baldwin's suspicions confirmed
More and more pianos sold in the United States are imports, the federal government says in a report prompted by complaints from Baldwin Piano & Organ Co. Road Runner coming in July
Greater Cincinnati's second cable modem service, Time Warner Cable's Road Runner, is slated to debut in 54 southwestern Ohio communities in late July. Gibson lays off 55 area workers
Gibson Greetings Inc. said Thursday it was releasing 55 Greater Cincinnati workers, following a warning that the card company would have to eliminate jobs to cut costs. Milestones in Gibson history Brazos to sell its units
Apparel maker Brazos Sportswear Inc., which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January, Thursday said it plans to sell substantially all of its businesses to raise money to pay its creditors. Provident agog over earnings
Higher-than-expected growth from its retail banking and mortgage operations could help Provident Financial Group Inc. top its earnings outlook for 1999, the company's top executive said Thursday. INDUSTRY NOTES: MANUFACTURING
BlueStar Inc., a fast-growing manufacturer and distributor of point-of-sale and bar code products and services, will mark the opening of its larger headquarters in Turfway Industrial Park in Florence today and Saturday. TRISTATE BUSINESS SUMMARY
Elder-Beerman Stores Corp. reported rising sales and narrowing losses in the first fiscal quarter ended May 1. Net sales rose 18.8 percent, to $150.52 million from almost $126.72 million in the same period last year. TRISTATE MARKET SPOTLIGHT
Dublin, Ohio-based Neoprobe Corp. gained 15ñ cents, or almost 21 percent, to close Thursday at 90ñ cents. TECHNOLOGY TODAY THURSDAY'S BUSINESS STORIES