ISSUE DATE: December 6, 2004 =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

International Business News %26 Technology Articles
COVER STORY

"The China Price"
Even manufacturers that have weathered past import waves are being swamped by China's combo of low prices and high tech
COVER IMAGE:  "The China Price"


UP FRONT

Talk Show

Russia Makes Investment Grade

The Bad-News Bar Code

One More Way To Duck Mad Ave

Zip This

Diva-Behind-Bars Shirts, Going Cheap

Chris McGurk: The High Road To Boffo

How 4G Cranks Up The Speed

Hidden Telco Treasure In Hawaii?


THE GREAT INNOVATORS

Pierre M. Omidyar: The Web For The People


READERS REPORT

Weighing In On The Next Four Years

Public Universities And The Race For Money


CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS

Table Of Contents (Dec. 6, 2004, Print Edition)

"The Online Ad Surge" (Web Smart Special Report, Nov. 22, 2004)

"Redefining Smart" (Books, Nov. 8, 2004)


BOOKS

Comic Geniuses

Fast Takeoff

The BusinessWeek Best-Seller List (.pdf)


TECHNOLOGY & YOU

The Treo 650 Is Leading The Pack


ECONOMIC VIEWPOINT

Offshoring: The Pros And Cons For Europe


BUSINESS OUTLOOK

U.S.: The Coming Battle Between Profits And Prices

South Korea: A Bad Situation Is Set To Get Worse


NEWS: ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY

Why The Dollar Is Giving Way

The Auto Deficit: Stuck In Neutral

Commentary: Sorry Detroit. The Garage Is Full

Telecom: The Fiber-Optic Quagmire

For 2005 Grads, Job Offers Are Rolling In

Commentary: No More Breaks For The Big Board

Texas Instruments Inside?

CA's New Boss: "He's Going To Have His Hands Full"


IN BIZ THIS WEEK

Jim Skinner: Now It's His Shift

AIG Settles The Tab

Krispy Gets Kremed

Music To Apple's Ears

Nike: Offbeat Casting

Et Cetera...

Closing Bell: SIRIUS Satellite Radio


WASHINGTON OUTLOOK

The Democrats Go Scouting For A Savior

Another Vacancy, Another Loyalist?

Paying For A Social Security Shift


ASIAN BUSINESS

How Reliable Is Reliance?

Will Plasma Revive Pioneer?

Commentary: TV In China: The Door Opens A Crack


EUROPEAN BUSINESS

Cracking Down On Corporate Bribery

Germany's Very Public Battle Over Public TV

Russia: "Ka-Ching" Go The Slots

Commentary: Aer Lingus: A Risky Holding Pattern


THE CORPORATION

Why Consumers Hate Mergers

Knees And Hips -- And Now What?


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

The Squeeze On BlackBerry


DESIGN

Samsung Design
ONLINE EXTRA:  Samsung: Leading By Design


PEOPLE

A Chemist Heats Up Dow Corning


FINANCE

End Of The Big Bank Bonanza

All That Cash -- And Nowhere To Go

Providian's Makeover Artist


SPORTS BIZ

She Can Swing A Club, Too


DEVELOPMENTS TO WATCH

A Way To Weld Without The Waste

Cord Blood To The Rescue

Walking With A Seeing-Eye Computer

All-Band Radio, All-Species CD


MARKETING

VW Steals A Lead In Luxury


ECONOMICS

Economists Are Getting Religion


PERSONAL BUSINESS -- GIFT GUIDE

Chefs' Choices

The Salts Of The Seas

Recordable DVDs: Go Ahead, Toss Out Your VCR
ONLINE EXTRA:  Mini-Video For The Backseat Set

Laughs, Music, Art, And Horses

Tastings At Home


FOOTNOTES

When You Need To Send Cash In A Flash

Plastic Scrooge?

Painting Made Easy

Bob Dylan Exhibition


THE BARKER PORTFOLIO

Wynn Resorts: Snake Eyes For Investors?


INSIDE WALL STREET

A Beautiful Buy At Saks?

Boston Scientific: Anemic -- For Now

Why There's New Life At Bioenvision


FIGURES OF THE WEEK

Figures Of The Week (.pdf)
ONLINE EXTRA:  Production Index Components


EDITORIALS

How America Can Meet "The China Price"


INTERNATIONAL -- READERS REPORT

Kosovo: Independence And Economic Prosperity


INTERNATIONAL -- INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK

Now The Palestinians Need An Economic Boost

A Political Crisis Erupts In Ukraine


INTERNATIONAL -- FINANCE

From Black Hole To Blue Chip

Japan Inc.'s Real Estate Binge, Part II


INTERNATIONAL -- INT'L FIGURES OF THE WEEK

International Figures Of The Week (.pdf)
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