ISSUE DATE: November 10, 2003 =Subscribers Only

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  SPECIAL REPORTS
Best Global Brands
These 100 brands are among the world's most recognized—and most valuable

Best Places to Launch a Career
We canvassed career-services directors, employers, and students to rank the best companies for recent graduates

BusinessWeek 50
Our picks of the top-performing companies from the S&P 500. Plus, regional rankings for Asia and Europe:
Asia's BusinessWeek 50
Europe's BusinessWeek 50

Customer Service Champs
Companies that excel at pleasing customers, based on J.D. Power & Associates customer satisfaction data and our own reader survey

Hot Growth 100
From young, upstart companies to those that have been around for centuries: Plus, regional rankings of top-performing small businesses in Asia and Europe:
Asia's Hot Growth 100
Europe's Hot Growth 100

Info Tech 100
Emerging-market cellular players, wireless phone and gear makers, and Web giants are this year's stars

World's Most Innovative Companies
Nurturing, creative cultures allow these companies to wow customers with innovative products and services

More Special Reports


COVER STORY

Tech Buying Guide
Bit by bit, consumer electronics is melding with computing. Here's the best of the year's crop



INTERNATIONAL COVER STORY

Mega Plane
Airbus is building the biggest airliner ever, and more than 100 A380s have been ordered by the airlines. A brilliant leap-or great folly?
COVER IMAGE:  Mega Plane
GRAPHIC:  The A380: A Pan-European Plane
GRAPHIC:  New Technology In The A380
GRAPHIC:  Who's Buying The A380
CHART:  Downward Pressure
GRAPHIC:  Planes That Changed The World
A Great Divide Between Comfort And Cattle Class?


SPECIAL REPORT

Family, Inc.
ONLINE EXTRA:  Mark Mays: "An Enormous Amount of Trust"
ONLINE EXTRA:  William Wrigley on "Generational Growth"
Defining Family (.pdf)
ONLINE EXTRA:  How Family Companies Fare


UP FRONT

Talk Show

Sky-High Pay For Orbitz' Chief

Microsoft: The Same Old Song?

When CEOs Play, So Do Companies

Local Support

Jesse Jackson: Who's Jesse Leaning Toward?

Interiors By Smith & Wesson

Global News With A French Twist


READERS REPORT

The Benefits Of Marriage

Medicare Contributions: An Unequal Burden

College Presidents Have Failed College Sports

Don't Dismiss China's Currency Advantage

One Way To Stop Americans From Buying Drugs In Canada


CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS

"One Costly Place To Do Business" (News: Analysis & Commentary, Oct. 20, 2003)

"The Unmarried Penalty" (Cover Story, Oct. 20, 2003)


BOOKS

The Boom: What Went Wrong


TECHNOLOGY & YOU

A Wireless Net That Leaves Wi-Fi Behind

Calculators: Numerical Nirvana

Printers: It's A Colorful World


ECONOMIC VIEWPOINT

Anger Abroad Is Bad For Business


ECONOMIC TRENDS

Those Heavy Americans

Are Factories Set To Hum?

Applause For Japan's Pickup


BUSINESS OUTLOOK

U.S.: The Fed: Another Failure To Communicate?

European Union: A Big Payoff From A Bigger EU


NEWS: ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY

M&A Deals: Show Me

Commentary: BofA Heads Back To Main Street

Say Goodbye To Refi Madness

The Qwest Case Starts To Boil

Commentary: NYSE: How Deep Will Reform Run?

PCs: The Elves Are Working Overtime

Commentary: Biotech Startups: Take Your Time


IN BIZ THIS WEEK

A.G. Lafley: Turning The Tide

Stent Woes At J&J

Not Out Of The Woods Yet

A Rustle In The Hedges

Irony In The Fire

Et Cetera...

Closing Bell: Oxford Health Plans


WASHINGTON OUTLOOK

The Big Union Feather In Dr. Dean's Cap

Philadelphia Story

This Primary Is Brought To You By...


ASIAN BUSINESS

Commentary: These Bourses May Be Too Darn Hot

China's Newsstand Fever

Educating China's "Little Emperors"


EUROPEAN BUSINESS

Russia: A Big Chill For Business?

Infineon Keeps Chipping Away

School Daze At British Universities


INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK

This Deal Won't Put A Lid On Iran's Nukes

A New Chance For Britain's Tories?

A Financial Squeeze For Colombia


LEGAL AFFAIRS

Commentary: Will The Right To Pester Hold Up?


MEDIA

Commentary: My Son, The Ad-Zapper


DEVELOPMENTS TO WATCH

Innovations

Slowing Hair Loss -- With Electricity

Will This Make Google Goggle-Eyed?

A Fake Or A Gucci? Just Check Its DNA


THE CORPORATION

Hurdles On The Road To Hog Heaven


FINANCE

The Coming Mutual-Fund Reforms

Mutual Funds: What To Do Now


THE BARKER PORTFOLIO

Why Isn't There A Bigger Head On Busch?


INSIDE WALL STREET

Driving Black & Decker

Sharks May Be Lurking Around Frisco Bay

Ron Perelman Gives Siga A Boost


FIGURES OF THE WEEK

Figures of the Week (.pdf)

Online Extra: Production Index Components


EDITORIALS

Global Prices For A Global Market

Wireless Is Great. Complexity Isn't

Russia: Putin's Big Mistake


INTERNATIONAL -- READERS REPORT

Thailand: Where Pay Phones Are Paying Off

Global Warming Is Cyclical, Not Man-Made

Behind U.S. Business' Rush To China

Is There A Housing Bubble In Britain, Too?

The Costs And Benefits Of Being Single


INTERNATIONAL -- INT'L FIGURES OF THE WEEK

Int'l Figures of the Week (.pdf)
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