BUSINESS NEWS FOR THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2001
Delta's Mullin: Show off security
        The head of Delta Air Lines said Wednesday that the airline industry needs to do a better job of showing the public security improvements put in place since the Sept. 11 attacks.
Delta upbeat about Comair

Airlines courting travel agents
        After years of a relationship that could be termed strained at best, airlines could be taking some tentative steps toward joining forces with travel agents.

Retail sales smash expectations
        Consumers snapping up zero-interest car deals sent retail sales surging by a record amount in October.
Sales decline at Federated

Gibson Guitar purchases Baldwin
        Gibson Guitar Corp. has completed its purchase of struggling Baldwin Piano & Organ Co., ushering in a new chapter in the history of the 139-year-old piano maker.

BUSINESS HEADLINES
Oil prices surprise Ashland Inc. chairman
        The always volatile oil market continues to befuddle even industry executives.

OPEC output cut hinges on others
        OPEC has agreed to reduce its daily production target for oil by 1.5 million barrels, or 6 percent, but only if non-OPEC producers share the burden by making a deep cut of their own, the cartel announced Wednesday.

Jeans-maker to cut 13,000 jobs
        GREENSBORO, N.C. — Apparel giant VF Corp., maker of Lee and Wrangler jeans, Wednesday said it plans to lay off 13,000 people, or 18 percent of its work force, as part of a major restructuring.

Business Digest
        Prudential Financial Inc. plans to raise as much as $3.3 billion in its December initial public offering, the third-largest U.S. IPO of the year.

Tristate Summary
        Shares of Cintas Corp. slipped Wednesday after the Mason uniform supplier warned that its fiscal second-quarter earnings will be less than expected.

What's the Buzz?
        Toyota Motor Manufacturing's Erlanger headquarters has met its minority purchasing target ahead of schedule.

SUNDAY SPOLIGHT
Broadwing's wings clipped
        Employees of Cincinnati Bell, which this summer was named the nation's best local and long-distance provider by J.D. Power & Associates, are increasingly nervous that cost-cutting by parent Broadwing Inc. will include them.

P&G's Ivorydale complex evolving
        The graying complex of low-lying buildings off Spring Grove Avenue, still a hub of many brands, is undergoing some of the biggest changes in its 115-year history.

SPECIAL REPORT
Greater Cincinnati 100
        Manufacturing dominates the field among Greater Cincinnati's 100 biggest private companies.
11 companies break into top 100
List of Greater Cincinnati 100