ISSUE DATE: November 4, 2002
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COVER STORY

The Painful Truth about Profits
Corporate America must slash more costs before earnings rise very far
COVER IMAGE:  The Painful Truth about Profits
CHART:  The Profit Boom of the 1990s: Hard to Repeat?
CHART:  The Drag on Profits
GRAPHIC:  How Options Sapped Profits


INTERNATIONAL -- INT'L COVER STORY

Saving Ericsson
The giant's fall was dizzying. Just as fast, Kurt Hellström must redesign the company or see it slam to earth
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SPECIAL REPORT -- BW/ARCHITECTURAL RECORD AWARDS

Winning Workplaces


UP FRONT

Talk Show

In the Sniper Zone, Deliveries Rise

Cleaner Air--Kyoto or Not

How Air Force One Let Bush Down

China: Keeping Asia Aloft

Three Tightwad Amigos Ride Again

Fantasy Teams, Real Profits


READERS REPORT

Tallying the Value of Mergers

Making the Poor Poorer

Why CEOs Won't Be Any Help

The View from El Paso

A Better Read on How Schools Are Doing

Similar Credit Ratings, Different Risks


CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS

"The best B-schools" (Special Report, Oct. 21, 2002)


BOOKS

The Power and the Privilege

The BusinessWeek Best-Seller List


TECHNOLOGY & YOU

How to Achieve Digital Nirvana


ECONOMIC VIEWPOINT

Bush's Economic Policies: The Bull's-Eyes and Busts


BUSINESS OUTLOOK

U.S.: The Hot-and-Cold Recovery Could Warm Up Soon

The Euro Zone: Will the Central Bank Give Germany a Break?


NEWS: ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY

A Lost Generation of Job Seekers?
COMMENTARY:  Women Work. The Support System Doesn't

The Bill Comes Due for Capital One

Earnings: Sound and Fury, and Not Much Else
Corporate America's Crunched Numbers

The Dems: It's Time for Triage

Edison: An "F" in Finance

Commentary: Why Tech's Heavyweights Still Can't Crush the Small Fry

The Humble Handheld: A Laptop Killer?


IN BUSINESS THIS WEEK

Paul Allen: One Troubled Cable Guy

AOL's Accounting Woes: No Big Deal?

United May Yet Avoid Bailing Out

Parched at Texas Instruments

New Guidelines for Bean Counters

Martha in the Mire

Et Cetera...

Downer


WASHINGTON OUTLOOK

Desperately Seeking Some Traction from "NASCAR Democrats"

Wooing Webster

War Boomerang

The Rudy Factor


INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Rethinking Tokyo

Commentary: North Korea: Why Diplomacy Is Bush's Only Weapon

Meet the New Global Grain Giant


INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK

The Man Who May Determine Whether the U.S. Attacks Iraq
Iraq's fate -- and U.S. war plans -- could depend on how the UN's Hans Blix handles the challenge of arms inspection

Industrial Icon in Trouble


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Did Peregrine Bully Its Partners?


SPORTS BUSINESS

The Olympics: A Man, a Plan, New York


PEOPLE

No Nerd at Intel's Top? Heresy!


GOVERNMENT

Commentary: Before You Reform Wall Street, Reform Yourselves


FINANCE

Qwest: What Did Phil Know?

Schwab: Closed Eyes, Open Wallet


MANAGEMENT

He Collects Butterflies--and Companies


SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Chips on Monster Wafers

Dawn of the Superchip


THE CORPORATION

How Nike Got Its Game Back


BUSINESSWEEK INVESTOR

Free-Range Funds That Outrun the Bear

Mortgage Funds: From Heroes to Bums?

It May Be Time to Unload That Warhol


BUSINESSWEEK LIFESTYLE

Walk Softly, and Bring Binoculars

Montreal's Icy Sparkle


THE BARKER PORTFOLIO

My Favorite Mutual Fund


INSIDE WALL STREET

S&P Says: Going Up

Is Mesa Set to Fly Higher Still?

NCO May Be Going After Tax Deadbeats


FIGURES OF THE WEEK

Figures of the Week (.pdf)


EDITORIALS

Profits: No Pain, No Gain

Is Washington Just Faking It?


INTERNATIONAL -- READERS REPORT

Easing the Plight of the Poor

Another Take on the Oldest Profession


INTERNATIONAL -- CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS

"The top global B-schools" ("The best B-schools," Special Report, Oct. 21, 2002)


INTERNATIONAL -- ASIAN BUSINESS

The Philippines: The Price of Terror

Futurama at Sanyo


INTERNATIONAL -- EUROPEAN BUSINESS

Shining amid Europe's Gloom
Despite a lukewarm economy, these European outfits have achieved the stability it takes to thrive

Luxury Goods: The Timing Couldn't Have Been Worse

Commentary: Is Germany Fast Turning into Another Japan?
Germans fear that their country could go down the road of chronic deflation and economic hopelessness, too


INTERNATIONAL -- LATIN AMERICA

Lula: Seeing Eye to Eye with Business


INTERNATIONAL -- EUROPE'S BEST FUNDS

Mining the Silver Lining
Revenge of the Goldbugs
Offshore Fund Scoreboard (.pdf)


INTERNATIONAL -- INT'L FIGURES OF THE WEEK

International Figures of the Week (.pdf)


INTERNATIONAL -- EDITORIALS

EU Expansion Isn't a Done Deal
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