BUSINESS NEWS FOR TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2003
Fashion makeover is part of Sears strategy
NEW YORK - Angela Powell walked out of the main Sears, Roebuck and Co. store in suburban Atlanta, where she had been looking for clothes and a television set. Not finding anything she wanted, she headed for the auto center.

Embezzler gets year in prison
The co-owner of a failed Blue Ash land title company was sentenced Monday to one year and a day in federal prison for spending more than $500,000 of homeowners' money on items such as luxury cars and office supplies.

Indiana's casino take rising in '03
Indiana's five Ohio River gambling boats are set to beat last year's record-setting revenues hands down, and the state appears to be cleaning up.

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A federal grand jury in Dayton, Ohio, will hear testimony today about the alleged failure of two Blue Ash estate planners to abide by the terms of a civil fraud case brought against them by the Securities & Exchange Commission, a source told the Enquirer Monday.

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BUSINESS HEADLINES
First Financial posts 17.2% drop in profits
Lower-interest income caused the parent of First Financial Bank to post a 17.2 percent drop in second-quarter profits.


Small-business tort aid sought
Some small-business owners say they fear that a lawsuit against them will put them out of business.

Tristate summary
After almost 150 years on store shelves, the signature red metal can containing Folgers coffee will disappear within about a year.

Economic indicators show slight rise
A gauge of economic activity improved slightly in June for the third consecutive month, buttressing the view that the nation is on the cusp of a financial recovery even if signs of weakness persist.

Business digest
NEW YORK - Harlan W. Waksal resigned from ImClone Systems Inc., the biotech company at the center of an insider trading scandal that ensnared his brother and co-founder, and threatens Martha Stewart.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT     (Index of Sunday stories)
Child-tax windfalls to mail Friday
Paying for a vacation, replacing some bedroom furniture, splurging on some fun. That's how some of the federal child tax credit payments will be spent this summer.

Workers' pension fight drags on
Employees cheerfully clocked in to Electro-Jet Tool & Manufacturing Co. in Evendale, before the event that would transform Electro-Jet from a worker's dream into a bad memory and initiate a legal brawl.
Lawsuit struggles to find a trial judge


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.