BUSINESS NEWS FOR TUESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2003
Kroger registers average with public
Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. considers itself one of the leading supermarket chains in the nation. Readers of Consumer Reports magazine think otherwise.

What's the Buzz?
Shares of Milacron Inc. closed Monday at $3.01, off 66 cents, or 18 percent.

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BUSINESS HEADLINES
New orders buoy U.S. plants
WASHINGTON - America's manufacturers saw demand for their products rise in June by the largest amount in three months, another encouraging sign that the fragile factory sector is on the mend along with the rest of the economy.


Tristate summary
AK Steel Corp. said Monday it was increasing the price of its carbon flat-rolled steel products by up to $20 a ton for transactions on the spot market.


SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT     (Index of Sunday stories)
New leader knows Bell well
The new guy in charge of Cincinnati Bell Inc. is no stranger to the 130-year-old phone company.

Owners not afraid to expand from spas
When Watson's Superstore owners Don Oeters and Jim Kathmann told former owner Bill Watson that they were building a 150,000-square-foot store in Evendale in 1996, he thought they had gone mad.

McCluskey Chevrolet driven by challenges
READING - When you're a front-runner, how do you consistently stay ahead of the pack? That's been a crucial question at McCluskey Chevrolet.

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.