Retail reborn in mall overhaul
At least four of the area's largest regional malls have invested millions in renovations to attract shoppers. Three others are planning major makeovers.

Store chain accepts offer
Board members of Dayton, Ohio-based Elder-Beerman Stores Corp. said the retailer will accept an $82 million offer from Bon-Ton Stores Inc. unless rival suitor Wright Holdings Inc. raises its offer by early next week.

Job number disappoints
U.S. companies slashed payrolls for a seventh straight month in August, raising new worries that a weak jobs market could shackle the budding economic recovery despite a slight improvement in the overall unemployment rate.

What's the buzz?
The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based owner of a Camp Washington industrial supply firm shut down operations this week following a bankruptcy filing last month.

Tipsheet improved
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Banks try to ease pain of switching
Finding a bank or broker that wants your business is easy. Dumping the previous one is the hard part.
Don't use retirement to bail out adult kids
Question: My son and daughter-in-law are in trouble with money. They came to us the other day and asked for $100,000 to pay off credit card debts and three months of late house payments.
UAW talks picking up speed
DETROIT - Negotiations between the United Auto Workers and the traditional Big Three automakers accelerated Friday as both sides worked to reach agreements before contracts expire Sept. 14.
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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.