BUSINESS NEWS FOR TUESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2003
P&G ships new line of cleaners
Procter & Gamble Co. on Monday started shipping a new line of janitorial cleaning products.

Realtors await Fed's signals
The Federal Reserve likely will not cut interest rates when it meets today, and that could be good news for consumers still interested in buying homes.

What's the Buzz?
Delta Air Lines executives will continue to take a pay cut while the airline is eliminating its executive pension program and doing away with any executive bonuses this year, company chairman and chief executive officer Leo Mullin told employees in an internal memo Monday.

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Promotions & new on the job.

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MORE BUSINESS NEWS
Impact of energy case uncertain
A federal judge's decision last week that FirstEnergy Corp. violated pollution control laws when updating a plant sets a precedent but doesn't doom other power companies awaiting trial, analysts say.


A new Pepsi challenge
PURCHASE, N.Y. - As Americans have become more interested in taking control of their health and as obesity in the United States has reached near-epidemic levels, PepsiCo Inc. has made health and nutrition a major part of its growth strategy.

Consumer at heart of product tests
VALHALLA, N.Y. - Opokua Kwapong, Pepsi-Cola's vice president of worldwide innovation and noncarbonated product development, prefers drinking sugar-free beverages.

Tristate summary
Convergys Corp. has signed a three-year contract extension to provide customer service for DirecTV, the satellite TV provider, through the end of 2006.

Business digest
WASHINGTON - Lawmakers warned Monday that the public may have been misled by the Securities Investor Protection Corp., which insures investors against the collapse of brokerage firms.


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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