BUSINESS NEWS FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 2003
Fare war makes Indy, Dayton hot spots
Want to fly west on the cheap? Drive a little west, north or south and reap the benefits of a full-blown fare war.

AK Steel bid now second-best
PITTSBURGH - U.S. Steel has outbid AK Steel for bankrupt National Steel after U.S. Steel reached a labor agreement with the Steelworkers union and raised its bid.

DHL sees benefits in Airborne buy
DHL Worldwide Express' proposed purchase of Airborne Express' ground assets would not mean the closure of either company's hubs in the Tristate, said the man who will lead the new combined company.
DHL deal faces regulation maze

Stores need strong Easter
Following a dismal March, Tristate retailers are counting on Easter weekend to kick-start the spring shopping season, which has been hurt by a soft economy and the war-related slowdown in shopping.

Patent applicants wait in long line
A record backlog at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has left inventors waiting two years and more for approvals, delaying the arrival of new goods on the market.
American Airlines dumps executive bonuses
DALLAS - After sharp criticism from angry employees, the head of American Airlines apologized Friday as the company dropped a plan to give bonuses to six top executives if they stay on until 2005.
Tristate Summary
Columbus, Ind.-based diesel engine maker Cummins Inc. said its first-quarter loss grew to $34 million because of a drop in demand for its power-generation equipment.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday stories)
Locally, firms did well in 2002
The ongoing sluggish economy continued to plague Greater Cincinnati's bottom line in 2002. The region's 40 locally based public companies collectively earned only three-quarters of what they did the year before.
Special charges can skew real profit picture


Many can't weather economic downturn
A bruising recession, a hollow recovery and the long buildup of war with Iraq have crumbled U.S. businesses and left a record number of Americans in bankruptcy.

What's the Buzz?
DPL Inc. shareholders upset about the company's investments criticized and booed executives at an annual meeting.

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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
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