ISSUE DATE: OCTOBER 2, 2000
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COVER STORY

  The Best B-Schools
Our most thorough survey yet -- including a new measure: A B-school's brainpower. Plus, rankings for the top seven non-U.S. schools, info on "business incubators," and much more
 

INTERNATIONAL -- EUROPEAN COVER STORY

  Euro Crisis
Europe's experiment in monetary union is showing dangerous signs of drift. But there is a way out
      COVER IMAGE: Euro Crisis
      TABLE: Unfinished Business
      TABLE: Europe's Reserves
      CHART: Shadows over Europe
      Europe's Cash Is Flooding into the U.S.
         CHART: Europe's Money: America-Bound
      Denmark: The Vote That Could Roar
 

UP FRONT

  Talk Show
  Buy This Pontiac, Whippersnapper
  A Little Box Worth $500 Million
  Mini Music Heats Up
  TABLE: Sour Notes
  Behind the Euro's Swoon
  Room Service--and a Cash Rebate
  Heads Up, Lieberman Fans!
      PHOTO: 2000 Lieberman Yarmulke
  CHART: Which Way Is the Internet?
  Footnotes
 

EDITOR'S MEMO

  The Best Gets Even Better
 

READERS REPORT

  Shareholders Have Power: It's Up to Them to Use It
  A Better Route to Higher Labor Standards
  The Skyrocketing Cost of Bio Invaders
  No Johnny-Come-Lately to Electronic Trading
 

CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS

  ''The investor's champion'' (Cover Story, Sept. 25, 2000)
  ''Stand up and fight'' (International Business, Sept. 11, 2000)
  ''Bio invasion'' (Special Report, Sept. 11, 2000)
  ''A new rule book for fund managers'' (Finance, Sept. 4, 2000)
 

TECHNOLOGY & YOU

  Can Microsoft Stamp Out Piracy?
 

BOOKS

  A Plague of Indifference
      PHOTO: Cover, ''Betrayal of Trust''
  Foul Play Redux
      PHOTO: Cover, ''The Great Olympic Swindle''
 

ECONOMIC VIEWPOINT

  Attention Consumers: Creativity Never Comes Cheap
 

ECONOMIC TRENDS

  Are Surpluses Hurting Savings?
      CHART: Waning Household Savings: The U.S. Isn't Alone
  Health Plans Feel the Boom
      CHART: Health Coverage Spurts Higher
  Web Discounts Are Still Hefty
 

INDUSTRIAL MONITOR

  Spinning Precious Metal out of Hot, Thin Air
      MAP: Kuril Islands
  Power Cables That Squeeze More Juice into Less Space
  Might As Well Call All His Movies Blow-Up
  Innovations
 

BUSINESS OUTLOOK

  U.S.: Look What's Moving Off the Back Burner
      CHART: A Pickup in Inflation beyond Energy
      GRAPHIC: The Broad Speedup in Service Prices
      CHART: Builders See Some Pickup in Housing
  Spain: The Economy Is Getting Too Hot to Handle
      CHART: Growing Price Pressure
 

NEWS: ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY

  Global Economic Trouble Ahead?
      CHART: Points of Vulnerability
      Inflation? Nah. It's a Slowdown That's Spooking Bonds
         CHART: Yields Begin to Rise
  Commentary: The Four Horsemen of the New Economy
      CHART: Riders on the Storm
  Did Ford Mislead Congress?
  A Trustbuster Looks Back
  Commentary: Keep the Lid on the Strategic Oil Reserve
      TABLE: Why Open the Tap?
  Commentary: Most of Gillette's Bleeding Is Self-Inflicted
      CHART: As Earnings Fell Off Track...Shareholders Got Creamed
  Commentary: Now AIG Can Get Serious about Succession
 

IN BUSINESS THIS WEEK

  George Bell: How Much Longer @Home?
  A Promising AIDS Drug from Abbott
  Disney Rewrites Its Toy Story
  A New Gig for Bill Bradley
  Harry Potter and the Magic Shares
  Pro Air Lets Auto Workers Down
  Et Cetera...
  Sprint PCS: Slowing Down
      CHART: Sprint PCS Stock Price
 

WASHINGTON OUTLOOK

  The Presidential Debates: Don't Underestimate George W.
  Ads Become an Issue
  Stock-Option Taxes
  Auto Talks with Japan
 

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

  Who'll Tow Daewoo?
      CHART: The Daewoo Debt Overhang
  A Scary New Day in Lima
      TABLE: What's Next for Peru?
 

INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK

  Saddam May Soon Unleash His Best Weapon: Oil Blackmail
  Big Vote for China Trade
 

ECONOMICS

  Commentary: Gentlemen, Before You Give Away That ''Surplus''...
      TABLE: What Bush and Gore Will Really Have to Work With
 

SPORTS BUSINESS

  Commentary: Olympics Coverage: The Agony of Delay
  Commentary: Selling World Peace at $55 Million a Pop
 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

  Meet AMD's Rags-to-Riches Heir Apparent
      CHART: Advanced Micro Devices Is Gaining Market Share...
      RESUME: Hector de Jesus Ruiz
  IBM's Hottest Product Isn't a Product
      TABLE: IBM at Your Service: How Big Blue Stacks Up
 

SOCIAL ISSUES

  Inside a Chinese Sweatshop: ''A Life of Fines and Beating''
      MAP: China
      TABLE: What Are the Auditors Missing?
 

THE CORPORATION

  Running the House That Jack Built
      CHART: Tough Act to Follow
      General Electric's Poster Boy
         RESUME: Jeffrey R. Immelt
      The Jet-Powered Candidate
         RESUME: W. James McNerney Jr.
      Long Hours--And Long Odds
         RESUME: Robert L. Nardelli
 

FINANCE

  The Bull Is Only on a Break
      CHART: Reversal of Fortune
      How Does a 22,000 Dow Sound to You?
  Out of Options
      TABLE: Unreal Prices?
 

SPECIAL REPORT

  Honda's Independent Streak
      CHART: Honda Is One of the Most Efficient Carmakers...
      Why Workers Are Lining Up for Jobs at This GM Plant
      How Architects Are Giving Jeep New Traction
      ''A Revolution Is Occurring''
         TABLE: The Road to 2010
 

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

  Tuberculosis Roars Back
      TABLE: New Weapons, Old Enemy
 

DEVELOPMENTS TO WATCH

  How Genes Can Tailor a Patient's Drug Regimen
  Beyond Shoplifting Prevention
  Edging Closer to Gene Therapy's Holy Grail
  Forget Windmills, Here Comes Turkey Power
 

GOVERNMENT

  Commentary: Who Has the Better Health-Care Plan?
 

BUSINESSWEEK INVESTOR

  Annuities: Getting Rid of the Middle Man
      TABLE: A Menu of Low-Cost Contracts
  Only Halfway Home?
      TABLE: Bargain Builders
  ''Chicks Laying Nest Eggs'' Hatch a Site
      TABLE: A Winning Plan
 

BW INVESTOR -- THE BARKER PORTFOLIO

  A Peek at a Picky Fund's Latest Buys
      TABLE: Sequoia Selects
 

BW INVESTOR -- INSIDE WALL STREET

  Goldman & Schwab?
  Why Juniper Has Some Backbone
      CHART: Gaining Market Share
  Covad Is So Cheap It May Be Up for Grabs
      CHART: Waiting to Connect
 

FIGURES OF THE WEEK

  Figures of the Week (.pdf)
      Production Index Components
      HISTORICAL DATA: BW Index Back to 1992
 

EDITORIALS

  Why We're at OPEC's Mercy
  Bringing Stability to the Euro
 

INTERNATIONAL -- SPOTLIGHT ON TAIWAN

  Trash Becomes a Burning Issue...As Poisoned Water Raises Fears (int'l edition)
      MAP: Taiwan
 

INTERNATIONAL -- LETTER FROM VERMONT

  A Farm of His Own (int'l edition)
      MAP: Vermont
 

INTERNATIONAL -- LETTER FROM FREEHOLD, N.J.

  The Boss Grew Up Here--but Mum's the Word (int'l edition)
      MAP: New Jersey
 

INTERNATIONAL -- READERS REPORT

  AOL Latin America: Off to a Strong Start (int'l edition)
  Directors Have Lost Their Pay-For-Performance Focus (int'l edition)
  Customer Satisfaction Depends on More Than Speed (int'l edition)
 

INTERNATIONAL -- ASIAN BUSINESS

  Severe Oil Shock (int'l edition)
      CHART: Where Dependence Is High...The Impact Is Heavy
 

INTERNATIONAL -- EUROPEAN BUSINESS

  Tony's Fall from Grace (int'l edition)
      CHART: Satisfaction with Blair Sinks
  Thomson: From Humdrum to Razzle-Dazzle (int'l edition)
      TABLE: Reinventing Thomson Multimedia
  Lighting a Fire under Marks & Sparks (int'l edition)
      TABLE: Turnaround Tactics
  Bye-Bye Babushkas (int'l edition)
      TABLE: Why Russia's ''Shuttle Traders'' Are Going Out of Business
 

INTERNATIONAL -- LATIN AMERICAN BUSINESS

  Will OPEC Go Along with Chavez' Ambitions? (int'l edition)
      CHART: Regaining Lost Ground
 

INTERNATIONAL -- INT'L FIGURES OF THE WEEK

  International Figures of the Week (.pdf) (int'l edition)


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