Some major stores taxing online sales
Some major retailers this week began voluntarily charging online sales taxes in 37 states and the District of Columbia, a move that could reshape the way business is done on the Web.

Bully bosses get theirs
Nearly everyone who has had a job could tell a funny story or two about a bad boss. But for workers faced with a truly abusive boss, the experience is no laughing matter.

ECKBERG: New tone needed in job safety
Some troubling statistics about teen employment safety indicate companies will have to take extra steps to protect young workers.

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Author advocates taking ACTION
Consultant and author Andrea R. Nierenberg, dubbed the "Queen of Networking" by USA Today, spoke with Enquirer business reporter John Eckberg about how companies can develop new business approaches for a new year.

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Gas up nearly 11 cents in two weeks
CAMARILLO, Calif. - Gasoline prices jumped nearly 11 cents per gallon over the past two weeks, an industry analyst said Sunday.

Machine tool sales up 45.5%
NEW YORK - Machine tool purchases rose 45.5 percent in December from the previous month, and gained 18.1 percent from the same time a year ago, two industry groups reported.
Women's magazines get makeovers
NEW YORK - It's makeover time for two grande dames in the world of women's magazines - but don't expect too many bare midriffs or tell-all bedroom exposes.
Bethlehem retirees scrambling for benefits
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Some of them went to work in the blast furnaces when they were just 18, then spent half a lifetime handling molten slag and inhaling steel dust in some of the most dangerous jobs on earth.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday stories)
SEC: Trader took investors' money, lived large
Patrick Kisor earned a living by installing home theater systems until he formed a company called PDK International and raised nearly $4 million from well-to-do investors, including a former baseball player, several Tristate doctors and the ex-wife of computer magnate. Later, he pushed the intake up to $35 million. Last fall, the SEC said PDK and a successor company were one big con.

East End eyes development warily
East End is just a few miles from downtown with snapshot views. That's prompted housing developers to mine the riverfront community in pursuit of sites to build upscale condos and penthouses side by side with modest - even ramshackle - homes.

5/3 anxiously awaits end of federal inquiry
The drag on Fifth Third Bancorp's stock recently is further proof that Wall Street doesn't like uncertainty.

Dig a bit to find gold in reports
Stock analysts are not in high favor these days; but despite public suspicion of their recommendations, investors might still find gold in their reports. It's a matter of knowing how, and where, to dig.

Top private firms saw recession
Even before the recession hit in March 2001, Greater Cincinnati's largest private businesses saw the tough times coming.

Drees Co. grabs top ranking in the 100
The Drees Co. earned the top spot in this year's Greater Cincinnati 100, but company officials say that the home builder is even bigger now.

Vehicle dealers showed the way
The tech bubble burst, the U.S. economy slumped, and consumers ducked for cover from terrorists.
These 100 show best of can-do spirit
Health care costs bite deep
Accountable to themselves
Habegger posts 50th profit in 50th year
Builder moves up - for now
Floturn flourishes as others fall
Sumerel service adds to revenue
Companies: Outlook for economy is grim
Everclear emerges as true up-and-comer

Erpenbeck archive
A. William Erpenbeck spent years building a company that appears to be crumbling. One of the Tristate's biggest home builders, the Erpenbeck Co., is under federal investigation for a suspected bank fraud that is affecting lenders, subcontractors and home owners. Click here for links to all Enquirer reports.