ISSUE DATE: October 24, 2005 =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, Business News, Technology Industry News
COVER STORY

Love Those Boomers
Their new attitudes and lifestyles are a marketer's dream
COVER IMAGE:  Love Those Boomers!
GRAPHIC:  Baby Boomers Are Teaching Marketers...
GRAPHIC:  Boomer Marketing Do's And Don'ts
GRAPHIC:  Still Booming After All These Years
ONLINE EXTRA:  Marketers, Don't Call Them "Seniors"
ONLINE EXTRA:  Test Your Boomer IQ
ONLINE EXTRA:  Slide Show: A New Gray Dawns



ASIAN COVER STORY

The Asian BusinessWeek 50
In our first annual ranking of Asia's outstanding publicly listed companies, energy and natural-resource producers rule the roost. But many other excellent outfits elbowed their way onto the list, from chip makers to telecom leaders to nimble steelmakers
COVER IMAGE:  The Asian BW 50


EUROPEAN COVER STORY

Europe's Hot Growth Companies
Despite high taxes, rigid rules, and scarce capital, these 500 entrepreneurial outfits are flourishing
EUROPEAN COVER IMAGE:  Europe's Hot Growth Companies


SPECIAL REPORT -- EXECUTIVE MBAS

The Best Executive MBAs


SPECIAL REPORT -- EXEC EDUCATION

Ranking B-School Executive Education


UP FRONT

Talk Show

Off The Hill And Into The Hedges

Goodbye To The Ace In Your Pocket

Spam On My Blog? Horrors!

A Gas Guzzler's Bete Noir

Who Leads In Leadership?

Jack Ruther: The Name Behind Those Faces

A $445 Million Massage For Brookstone

Therapy With Your Latte? It's My Job


READERS REPORT

Why Do Americans Work So Hard? Let Us Count The Ways...

Disney's New Chief Apprenticed Under The Best


CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS

Capital Wrapup (Oct. 17, 2005)

"A Tense Kodak Moment" (Finance, Oct. 17, 2005)

"The Call Of The Queen Mary" (Personal Business, Oct. 3, 2005)

"Living Too Large In Exurbia" (News: Analysis & Commentary, Oct. 17, 2005)


TECHNOLOGY & YOU

A Big Leap For Small Windows


MEDIA CENTRIC

Hard Questions From Google


THE BARKER PORTFOLIO

Valero's Sweet Spot


BUSINESS OUTLOOK

U.S.: Consumers Are Finally Shifting Into Lower Gear

Britain: Battling Both Inflation And A Slowdown


NEWS: ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY

Another Fishy Hedge Fund

Where A Slump Would Hurt Most

Hollywood Holds Its Breath

Delphi: A Helluva Bargaining Chip

New Vaccines For A Pandemic

Big Media, Little Blogosphere
ONLINE EXTRA:  Podcast: Interview with Jason Calacanis

Better Loving Through Chemistry?
ONLINE EXTRA:  C'mon, Baby, Light My Brain Cells


IN BIZ THIS WEEK

Neil Friedman: Tickle Me, Neil

Rough Patch At Refco

JetBlue Propulsion

A New Dream Team For AOL?

A Fog Clears For Pfizer

Et Cetera...

Closing Bell: Harley-Davidson


WASHINGTON OUTLOOK

Keeping America Safe -- From Foreign Buyouts

Was Frist Just Cleaning House?


ASIAN BUSINESS

Mitsubishi Zips Past The Scrap Heap

Behind Samsung's Bright Lights

China's Free Range Cash Cow

TechFaith: A Firm Grip On Handset Design


EUROPEAN BUSINESS

Goldman's German Revolution

Now, Merkel Is In Her Element

SAP's End Run Around Oracle

A Russian Giant Tromps Onto The World Stage


GLOBAL OUTLOOK

Looking For New Ways To Budge China

Syria's Regime Feels More And More Heat


ECONOMICS

Wanted: Fed Chief With Foreign Flair


SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Herding Hurricanes
Rainmaking Has Its True Believers -- And Skeptics


THE CORPORATION

Eating Too Fast At Whole Foods
ONLINE EXTRA:  How Whole Foods Prices the Staples


ENERGY

BW 50: The Fastest Drill In The West


SPORTS BIZ

Bad-Luck Jockeys


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

A Hard Ride For eDonkey
ONLINE EXTRA:  Slide Show: Music-Swapping, Then and Now


FINANCE

Thinking Locally At Citigroup


SOCIAL ISSUES

Freeport's Hard Look At Itself
ONLINE EXTRA:  Raising the Bar for Corporate Consciences


DEVELOPMENTS TO WATCH

Squeezing More Data From A Drop Of Blood

New Life For Batteries Inside The Body

How To Scan Without A Scanner

Of Solar Flares And The Rush On Genes


PERSONAL BUSINESS

A Bad Case Of Sticker Shock

Your Guide To The Medical Maze

Activist Funds Make Waves

Less Dashing To Find The Cell Phone


PLUS

Watch Warren Buffett

A New Defense Against E-Junk

Waste Not, Want Not


INSIDE WALL STREET

A Rallying Cry For PNC

IDT Is Getting A Wake-Up Call

Undivided Attention For An ADHD Battle


IDEAS -- BOOKS

Innovation As A Team Sport
ONLINE EXTRA:  IDEO's Innovation Ideas


IDEAS -- VIEWPOINT

How To Fix The Pension Mess


IDEAS -- EDITORIALS

First Restrain Spending, Then Ax The AMT


FIGURES OF THE WEEK

Figures of the Week (.pdf)

Online Extra: Production Index Components


INTERNATIONAL -- READERS REPORT

Germany: A "Potato Republic, Stubbornly Stuck In The Mud"

Are Asian Handheld Shoppers Slaves To Fashion?

Nuclear Reactors: Soon They'll Say "Made In China"


INTERNATIONAL -- FINANCE

Hey, Let's Buy Something Big


INTERNATIONAL -- INT'L FIGURES OF THE WEEK

International Figures Of The Week (.pdf)
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