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Dec. 14, 1998




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COVER STORY
 Amazon.com: The Wild World of E-Commerce
    COVER IMAGE: Amazon.com: The Wild World of E-Commerce
    TABLE: Amazon's Growing Universe
    TABLE: Amazon's Amazing Valuation
    TABLE: Stacking Up the Amazon Advantage
    'Technology, Technology, Technology'
    The Torrent of Energy behind Amazon
       RESUME: Jeffrey P. Bezos
    Internet Stocks: What's Their Real Worth?
       TABLE: Valuing an Internet Stock
       Where the Big Boys Fear to Tread
          TABLE: Small Investors Drive the Net Stock
    ONLINE ORIGINAL: Barnes & Noble: A Better Stock Play?
 
EUROPEAN COVER STORY
 The Euro: Are You Ready? (int'l edition)
    EUROPEAN COVER IMAGE: The Euro: Are You Ready?
    TABLE: The Milestones on the Road to Monetary Union
    TABLE: What The Euro Will Be Worth
    Where the Big Bang Will Be Deafening (int'l edition)
       TABLE: A Weekend of Fast Work
    Ready, Set--Retool (int'l edition)
       TABLE: How Companies Will Get Euro-Ready
    'This Is Going to Be an Earthquake'
       TABLE: Why The Euro Gives Retailers Nightmares
 
ASIAN COVER STORY
 Showdown in Korea (int'l edition)
    ASIAN COVER IMAGE: Showdown in Korea
    TABLE: How the Top Chaebol Dominate...And How They Keep Expanding
 
UP FRONT
 Talk Show
 Not Banking on Bankruptcy--Yet
 A Penny Earned Is a Penny Fudged?
    TABLE: One Cent Per Share Is the Magic Number
 Grad Students vs. California
 The Next Spielberg May Be in the Arcade
    PHOTO: Still From ''Oddworld''
 Holding the Fries--at the Border
 Bicycles Built for Bargain Hunters
 Lift Tickets That Defy Gravity
 CHART: The Job-Huntin' Blues
 Footnotes
 
READERS REPORT
 Replaying the Corporate Numbers Game
 When 'Vocational School' Is a Misnomer
 Minimum Wages for Minimum Skills
 Taiwan's Governing Party Isn't Picking Any Fights
 
BOOKS
 The Best Business Books of 1998
    TABLE: The Top 10
 
TECHNOLOGY & YOU
 Trapping Y2K Bugs--on Your PC
 Hey, Keyboard Fans...
 ...And Pager Slaves
 
ECONOMIC VIEWPOINT
 Why the Wage Gap Just Keeps Getting Bigger
 
ECONOMIC TRENDS
 Wanted: Black Entrepreneurs
    CHART: Discrimination in the Credit Markets?
 Toting Up the Peace Dividend
    CHART: Military Spending Levels Off
 Red-Faced over Social Security
 
LETTER FROM THE HAGUE
 A War-Crimes Trial That Nobody Watched
    MAP: The Netherlands
 
BUSINESS OUTLOOK
 U.S.: Merry Christmas and an Iffy New Year
    CHART: Home Sales Hold at a High Level
    CHART: The Disconnect between Spending and Income
    CHART: Purchasers Say Output Weakens Sharply
 Chile: Decline of a Latin Fortress?
    CHART: Growth Slips to an Eight-Year Low
 
NEWS: ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY
 Tremors from Cheap Oil
    TABLE: Bringing Together Leaders in Technology
    TABLE: The World's Top 10 Oil Companies
    Why Trustbusters Are Busy Even When Prices Fall
 Y2K Is Worse Than Anyone Thought
    TABLE: The Tab Is Rising
    Attention, Shoppers: The World Is About to Close
    Commentary: Then There's the Cost of Fixing the Fixes...
 Citi: Lax Habits Triggered Trouble
    DIAGRAM: Following the Money Trail
 Miracle on Most Every Street
    CHART: Christmas Cheer
 Commentary: Could 'Luxury Fever' Make the Economy Sick?
 
IN BUSINESS THIS WEEK
 Paul Allen: A Matchmaker for Cable and the Net
 Boeing's Asia Excuse Wears Thin
 A Blow against Implant Lawsuits
 No Promises for Steelworkers
 Satellite TV Gains Some High Ground
 Kellogg Keeps Its Head--So Far
 Et Cetera...
 Sharper's Fatter Image
    CHART: Sharper Image Stock Price
 
WASHINGTON OUTLOOK
 The Senate: A Revolt That May Be Good for Business
 The DNC Chief Quits
 Mccain Booster
 netreg@virginia.gov
 
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
 Showdown in Seoul
    TABLE: How the Top Chaebol Dominate...And How They Keep Expanding
 
INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK
 Are Saddam's Enemies Finally Tightening the Noose?
 Will the U.S. Aid Azerbaijan?
 Quebec Separatism Survives
 
GOVERNMENT
 Steve Grossman: A Democrat Who's All Business
    CHART: National Debts
 
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
 Frozen Gas: The World's Next Power Surge?
    DIAGRAM: Tapping into Gas Hydrates
    PHOTO: Burning Gas Hydrates
    PHOTO: Frozen Gas Hydrates
 
DEVELOPMENTS TO WATCH
 A Giant Stick for Mankind
    PHOTO: The Centurion Flying Wing
 Set Phasers on Raw Pork
 You're to Blame for the Weather
 Innovations
 
THE CORPORATION
 Whirlpool: In the Wringer
    CHART: Whirlpool Cools Off in Brazil
 Lands' End Tacks Again
    CHART: Revolving CEOs Have Left Profits Erratic...And Hurt Lands' End Stock
 
MEDIA
 What ABC Needs Is Home Improvement
    RESUME: Robert Iger
    TABLE: ABC's Blues
 Must-See TV for Left-Handed Men under 30
 
FINANCE
 Met Life's Fighter Pilot
    TABLE: Benmosche's Battle Plan
    TABLE: How the Proposed Metlife Trust Would Work
    TABLE: Trailing the Pack
    PHOTO: Robert Benmosche at a Corporate Retreat in Puerto Rico
 
INSIDE WALL STREET
 Fingerhut Gets a Grip on the Net
    CHART: A Surge at Thanksgiving
 AT&T Could Bring New Zing to Tci
 A Breath of Fresh Air for Inhale
    CHART: Heady Days after the Pact
 
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
 Buy.com: Anything You Sell, I Can Sell Cheaper
    TABLE: Buy.com on the Move
 Foreign Telcos Are Speed-Dialing into the U.S.
    TABLE: The British (the Mexicans and the Japanese) Are Coming
 
BITS & BYTES
 Big Blue Finds a Better Way to Block Hackers
 Making E-Books Easier on the Eyes
 Little Guys Still Say No to the Net
    TABLE: Cyber-Nots?
 A Pen That Can E-Mail Your John Hancock
    PHOTO: InMotion's E-Pen
 Bits & Bytes Contacts
 
INDUSTRIES
 The New Alchemy at Ici
    TABLE: ICI's Formula
 
MARKETING
 Revving Up Japan's Also-Ran Autos
    TABLE: Cars in Search of Personalities
 
SPORTS BUSINESS
 How Nordictrack Lost Its Footing
 
ENVIRONMENT
 Hook, Line, and Extinction
    TABLE: Tackling the Global Fishing Crisis
 
PERSONAL BUSINESS
 Fear Not All Hedge Funds
    TABLE: Choices for Fund Investors
 Should You Plug into a Ge Fund?
    TABLE: A Mixed Performance
 A Big Score in Little Banks?
    TABLE: Lenders with Appeal
 Minivans: Finally, Honda Gets It Right
    TABLE: Sizing Up the Competition
    PHOTO: 1999 Toyota Sienna
    PHOTO: 1999 Ford Windstar
    PHOTO: 1999 Honda Odyssey
    PHOTO: 1999 Dodge Caravan
 
BUSINESS WEEK INDEX
 Business Week Index
    CHART: Production Index
    HISTORICAL DATA: BW Index Back to 1992
 The Week Ahead
 
INVESTMENT FIGURES OF THE WEEK
 Investment Figures of the Week
    CHART: Mutual Fund Returns
    CHART: Stocks and Bonds
 
EDITORIALS
 Exxon Mobil Meets Amazon.com
 Don't Undermine the Euro
 
INTERNATIONAL -- SPOTLIGHT ON VENEZUELA
 A Wasteland 'full of Diamonds'...But Short on Indoor Plumbing (int'l edition)
    MAP: Venezuela
 
INTERNATIONAL -- EUROPEAN BUSINESS
 Building Euro Empires (int'l edition)
    TABLE: How Pinault Could Make Bouygues a Media Star
 A Talk with Germany's Economic Guru (int'l edition)
 
INTERNATIONAL -- ASIAN BUSINESS
 Taiwan: Is This Tiger Badly Wounded, Too? (int'l edition)
    CHART: Panic at Taichung Bank
 Dangerous Skies over Delhi (int'l edition)
 
INTERNATIONAL -- EDITORIALS
 Time for Chaebol to Face Reality (int'l edition)



 
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