5th and Race to be built
Eagle Realty Group is poised to start construction this summer on a $55 million project of shops and parking at Fifth and Race streets even though no retailer has committed to the project.

Taiwan consults Chabot
Taiwan's deputy ambassador to the United States visited Cincinnati for the first time Monday to meet Rep. Steve Chabot, a co-founder and co-chairman of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, created to foster relations between the two countries.

5/3 Bancorp to take write-off
Fifth Third Bancorp will take a write-off for the second quarter to cover an expense as well as a rise in problem loans but didn't say how much it will affect earnings.

Tristate Summary
Vestar Inc., a unit of Cinergy Corp., has won contracts valued at $10.5 million to install energy-saving improvements in public housing projects in Dayton, Middletown and Hamilton.

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Gay Web site pays off
SAN FRANCISCO - PlanetOut Partners has grown to four gay- and lesbian-oriented sites and just posted its first profitable quarter.

Harry Potter hype in high gear
NEW YORK - Think you've seen a lot of hype about Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix? Just wait until the book comes out.
Business Digest
WASHINGTON - Mortgage-market giant Freddie Mac announced abruptly that it had fired its president because he didn't fully cooperate with an internal review of the company's accounting, now being investigated by federal regulators.
Britain not ready for Euro
LONDON - Despite the likely benefits from joining Europe's single currency, Britain won't abandon its pound until its economy converges more closely with that of the 12-nation euro zone, the Treasury chief told Parliament.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday stories)
P&G leads dot-com revolution
After bombing in the stock market three years ago, the Internet revolution is alive and well in the nation's biggest companies.
P&G stays in touch with customers with its Web site

Aquarium bent on hooking more
When the Newport Aquarium recently announced a $4.5 million expansion of the $40 million riverfront venue, it followed the path of similar attractions around the country. An aquarium needs to be ready to grow - or prepare to be sunk.

Rug firm has it all covered
Rug cleaning company Security Amirkhanian has achieved success and steady growth weaving a few modern methods into a fabric of time-honored practices.

What's the buzz?
Picture Fifth Third Bancorp gobbling up one of Tennessee's largest banks and an industry pioneer at opening grocery-store branches.

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.