BUSINESS NEWS FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 2003
Scooter sales accelerating
Motor scooter sales are climbing, including in the Tristate, where most buyers are college students, retirees and urban professionals looking for an easy, inexpensive way to get around.
Scooter or motorcycle? States vary

Stock market showing resilience
Many on Wall Street were alarmed by stocks' steep slide Monday, believing that investors would send stocks plunging after having underestimated how long the war with Iraq might last.

What's the Buzz?
Rep. Ken Lucas, D-Ky., Friday said he was co-sponsoring a bill introduced last week that would provide financial relief for airlines for security costs, a package worth up to $5 billion.

Analysts differ on whether 5/3 is cleared to acquire
Wall Street analysts Friday were still raising questions about how Fifth Third Bancorp's agreement with government regulators will allow the Cincinnati banking giant to resume acquisitions in the near future.
United assault on work rules could multiply
CHICAGO - The ink was barely dry on United Airlines' bankruptcy filing when CEO Glenn Tilton spoke of eliminating the "costly, restrictive" work rules that labor unions had fought hard for. Three months later, Tilton is about to get his wish.
Convention center meeting for contractors
The project team heading the expansion of the Albert B. Sabin Cincinnati Convention Center will have a meeting Tuesday for small-, women- and minority-owned businesses seeking work on the $160 million job.
Tenn. new site of Toyota plant
Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America in Erlanger said Friday that it picked a site near Jackson, Tenn., for a $124 million engine-block plant. The plant, to open in 2005, will be the third site for Toyota's Bodine Aluminum Inc., die-casting unit.
Cautious consumers tighten hold on wallets
WASHINGTON - Consumer spending stalled in February for a second straight month as war uncertainties, job worries and higher energy prices made people more cautious.
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THE GREATER CINCINNATI 100
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

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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.