ISSUE DATE: October 14, 2002
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COVER STORY

Mergers: Why Most Big Deals Don't Pay Off
A BusinessWeek analysis shows that 61% of buyers destroyed shareholder wealth
COVER IMAGE:  The Merger Hangover
CHART:  Merger Boom
GRAPHIC:  Big Winners
GRAPHIC:  Big Losers
GRAPHIC:  Why Mergers Go Wrong
GRAPHIC:  Big Deals
GRAPHIC:  Measuring Mergers
ONLINE EXTRA TABLE:  How 302 Major Mergers Fared
Addicted to Acquisitions
GRAPHIC:  A Sampler of Serial Acquirers


INTERNATIONAL -- INT'L COVER STORY

Special Report: Global Poverty
There's no panacea. But here are five strategies that can work to improve the lives of millions around the world
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UP FRONT

Talk Show

Heavy Luggage for Lease Holders

Big Blue's Boardroom Bind

A Tough Haul for Black Startups

A CEO Never Forgets His Roots

A Kitschmeister Goes Chic

Behind Bars: Ex-Geeks


READERS REPORT

In Search of the Good CEO

Strong Opinions on Stock Buybacks

Shareholders Didn't Benefit As Much As Jack Welch Did


CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS

"The best & worst boards" (Cover Story, Oct. 7, 2002)

"The telecom depression" (Special Report, Oct. 7, 2002)

"Cloning: Huckster or hero?" (People, July 1, 2002)


BOOKS

How Hizzoner Rose to the Occasion

The Deadly Sins of Enron

The BusinessWeek Best-Seller List


TECHNOLOGY & YOU

The Laptop Has Been Liberated


ECONOMIC VIEWPOINT

Free Markets Are Great--but Not for Electricity


ECONOMIC TRENDS

Tracking the Dollar's Fall

The Art of the Chart

Don't Sweat the Debt


BUSINESS OUTLOOK

U.S: The Dry Economy Sprouts a Tender Shoot

Japan: Recent Signs Show Little Progress


NEWS: ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY

A Clean Break for the Street?

Commentary: Bad CEOs: Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide

Is the Avalanche Headed for Pricewaterhouse?

Just How Much Did John Moores Know?

The Squeal of Car Sales Braking
Those Perennial Kings of the Road

AOL Is Relearning Its ABCs

Keep It Simple, Cendant


IN BUSINESS THIS WEEK

John Biggs: This Cop Isn't on the Beat Yet

Filling in AT&T's Management Chart

Message to Big Pharma: Behave

A Fat Quarter for Dell

All Quiet on the Western Docks

Nothing Stands in Wal-Mart's Way

Et Cetera...

Losing Blood


WASHINGTON OUTLOOK

The Energy Watchdog Finally Barks. But Will It Bite?

Dems in Disarray


INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK

Brazil: Business Likes Lula--but Wall Street Doesn't
While international financiers worry, Brazil's big businesses are supporting the labor leader and Presidential frontrunner

Eichel's Balancing Act


BOOK EXCERPT

A Foreign Policy Harmful to Business


MARKETING

Can Saturn Get Off the Ground Again?


MEDIA

Why Gordon Crawford Is Throwing His Weight Around


THE CORPORATION

Kmart: A Fix-Up on Fast Forward


ECONOMICS

America's Pockets of Prosperity


GOVERNMENT

The GOP's Statehouse Blues


THE WORKPLACE

An Apple a Day--on the Boss

Commentary: Closing the School Gap


SPORTS BUSINESS

Where No Sports Nut Has Gone Before


PEOPLE

Meet Rudy Giuliani, Businessman


LEGAL AFFAIRS

Commentary: Why the Little Guy Can't Win


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

How Ebbers Kept the Board in His Pocket

Commentary: Digital Media: Don't Clamp Down Too Hard


FINANCE

A Global Crisis of Confidence?

Japan's Banks Get Another Mr. Fix-It


SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Commentary: Call It the Wrong Stuff


DEVELOPMENTS TO WATCH

Dentures That'll Grow on You

Build a Better Pedal Crank, and...

Strong and Firm, Aerogels Come into Their Own

Innovations


BUSINESSWEEK INVESTOR

Getting to the Bottom of a Company's Debt
How to Read a Credit Rating

Housing: A Shelter for Your Savings?

Q&A: Today's Dads: Same Old Parenting Trap (extended)


BUSINESSWEEK LIFESTYLE

Don't Cry for These Argentine Wines

Christmas, Alsatian Style


THE BARKER PORTFOLIO

Is Dole Worth a Fierce Food Fight?


INSIDE WALL STREET

Amazon Turns a Page

If Your Suit Is a 56 Extra-Long

This Drug May Wake Up Orphan


FIGURES OF THE WEEK

Figures of the Week (.pdf)


EDITORIALS

There's No Magic in Mergers

Don't Fight Poverty with Worn-Out Tools


INTERNATIONAL -- READERS REPORT

The Only Cure for Drugmakers' Ills Is Innovation

Calling India to the Negotiating Table

Jordan Is in No Danger of Becoming a Palestinian State


INTERNATIONAL -- CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS

"Europe's money hunt" (Finance, Oct. 7, 2002)


INTERNATIONAL -- ASIAN BUSINESS

Westward Ho!

North Korea: Tiptoeing toward Tokyo

There's No End to DoCoMo's Wireless Hangover


INTERNATIONAL -- EUROPEAN BUSINESS

Eastern Germany's Silicon Dream
Born Again in Dresden

Maybe Buying Gucci Was Too Much of a Luxury

Lukoil's $20 Billion Headache

Has GM Pulled Opel Out of Its Skid?


INTERNATIONAL -- INT'L FIGURES OF THE WEEK

International Figures of the Week (.pdf)
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