ISSUE DATE: December 1, 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

America's Top Givers
Here they are: BusinessWeek's annual ranking of the big-time benefactors who are making a big difference around the world


UP FRONT

Talk Show

Audit Clients Get The Heave-Ho

Where Insurance Doesn't Travel

Democratic Credit

Clearing Checks At Warp Speed

A Word From The CEO -- And Our Sponsor

John Garamendi: Looking For Smoke After The Fires

All I Want For Xmas Is A Satellite

Campaign Cash From Down The Hall


READERS REPORT

In Praise Of The Family Business

In The Air, Bigger Is Not Better

Where Digital Can't Beat Good Ol' Film


CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS

"The Web Smart 50" (Special Report, Nov. 24, 2003)

"PCs: The Elves Are Working Overtime" (News: Analysis & Commentary, Nov. 10, 2003)


BOOKS

Korean Road Map?

Cotton Colossus


ECONOMIC VIEWPOINT

A Little German Reform Would Go A Long Way


TECHNOLOGY & YOU

Windows On A Phone: Not Bad For A First Foray


INDUSTRY INSIDER

How Robots Lost Their Way


BUSINESS OUTLOOK

U.S.: Some Smooth Sailing Before Inflation Blows In

Currency Markets: Is The Dollar In The Danger Zone?


NEWS: ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY

The Critical Battle For Fund Reform
Morgan Stanley, Meet The Irate Investor

Commentary: Putnam: Good Settlement, Bad Teamwork

Options Grow Onerous

Commentary: This Medicare Bill Is No Remedy

A Plane, A Plan, A Problem

In The Valley, Less Of A Trough


IN BIZ THIS WEEK

Jeffrey Immelt: Power Surge At GE

Roundup On Wall Street

Polishing Perle's Rep

Call It Tears 'R' Us

High Times For HP

Et Cetera...

Closing Bell: DoubleClick


WASHINGTON OUTLOOK

Muslims Are Angry -- And They Matter

Gay Votes, Yes; Gay Marriage, Er...


ASIAN BUSINESS

Losing Millions In Zhuhai

Vietnam's Time Is Running Out


EUROPEAN BUSINESS

Can Ford Fix This Flat?

Commentary: Inventing A Better Patent Law

Euro Disney: No Joyeux Noel Here

A Feeding Frenzy On Fleet Street

Commentary: The EU Doesn't Need Another Union


INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK

Will Venezuelans Sign Up To Dump Chávez?

New Pressures On The European Commission

More Talks On Pyongyang's Nukes


SOCIAL ISSUES

Commentary: Waking Up From The American Dream


GOVERNMENT

"Security Moms": An Edge For Bush?


DEVELOPMENTS TO WATCH

Guam's Flying Fox Bat: A Deadly Delicacy?

A New Way To Fight Hepatitis C

Rapid Prototyping Gets Faster And Cheaper

Of Lice And Sleeping Pills


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Can Cingular Leap Into The Lead?

Steve Ballmer On Microsoft's Future
ONLINE EXTRA:  Video With Steve Ballmer


MARKETING

It's Not Your Mom's Department Store

Leapfrogging Leapfrog


FINANCE

Still Drowning In Dirty Money

Now, Insurers Turn Up The Heat

This NYSE Watchdog Is On The Way Out


INDUSTRIAL MANAGEMENT

Look Who's Building Bimmers


PERSONAL BUSINESS

New Help With Your Nest Egg

A Mixed Bag That Works

So You Want To Be Your Own Contractor

Send The Kids Downhill

Green -- And Red-Hot, Too


FOOTNOTES

What's That Mean?

Art

Banner Year For Beaujolais


THE BARKER PORTFOLIO

For Putnam's Parent, Limited Damage


INSIDE WALL STREET

Go-Power At General Mills

A Christmas Bonanza For Concord?

Cable Giants May Want In On NTN's Games


FIGURES OF THE WEEK

Figures of the Week (.pdf)

Online Extra: Production Index Components


EDITORIALS

Mutual Funds: A Fair Settlement

This Energy Bill Is A Joke


INTERNATIONAL -- READERS REPORT

Two Flight Plans For Air Travel

Russian Democracy Needs A Strong Hand

Will The Real Dell Please Stand Up?


INTERNATIONAL -- FINANCE

All Eyes Are On Commerzbank

Egg Is Rotten In France


INTERNATIONAL -- INT'L FIGURES OF THE WEEK

International Figures of the Week (.pdf)
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