ISSUE DATE: December 26, 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

2006 Investment Outlook
It's not 1999 all over again, but you can expect to earn total returns of 9% to 10% in the stock market this year. Feeling bold? Check out our savvy strategies. Still inflation-wary? We'll show you how to hedge
COVER IMAGE:  Where To Invest 2006



INTERNATIONAL COVER STORY

The Global 1200
Yes, oil companies rose in our rankings, but so did a number of businesses that swam against the tide
Int'l Cover Image: The Global 1200
GRAPHIC:  Geographic Snapshot
GRAPHIC:  Breaking It Down By Industry

BusinessWeek Global 1200 Tables (.pdf)


UP FRONT

Talk Show

Finding Those Products That Were Placed

The Nikkei: Room To Run?

The 10 Worst Economic Predictions About 2005

Ugly E-Mail Is Far From Gone

You Have 20 Minutes To Surf. Go.


READERS REPORT

All Agog Over Google

A Great Debate About Rebates

How Verizon Picks And Chooses


CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS

"Funds Made To Deliver" (Personal Business, Dec. 12, 2005)

"Best Leaders" (Cover Story, Dec. 19, 2005)


VOICES OF INNOVATION

Muhammad Yunus: Microcredit Missionary
ONLINE EXTRA:  Can Technology Eliminate Poverty?


TECHNOLOGY & YOU

PCs: The Buzz Is Back


MEDIA CENTRIC

Move Over, MySpace


THE BARKER PORTFOLIO

The IPO Class of 2006


BUSINESS OUTLOOK

U.S.: Business Gets Behind The Wheel

Why More Households Are Feeling Flush


THE BUSINESS WEEK

An Oil Patch Megadeal

Troubled Trade Talks

Sputtering Carmakers

Rates Go Up

Cable TV Knuckles Under

Et Tu, Steve?

Redstone's Hungry Progeny

Delta Wins One

Merck's Latest Lumps

Sweet Doughnut Deal

Putting More Heat On Wendy's

Fiasco Of The Week


NEWS: ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY

They Think They're Insured. They're Not

At Stake: The Net As We Know It

Boeing's Jet Propellant

Washington Whispers To Wall Street

DreamWorks: Enter The Tough Guy


ASIAN BUSINESS

These Technicians Are Better Than Robots

How Long Can The Nikkei Run Last?


EUROPEAN BUSINESS

Tweedy Browne Goes Gunning At VW

Italian Style Makes A Stand

Static Plagues Saban's TV Deal


GLOBAL OUTLOOK

Chávez: Trading Oil For Influence


ENTREPRENEURS

Liz Lange: Pregnant With Possibility


INSIDE WALL STREET

Horton's Housing Is Hot

Montpelier Re: "A Half-Off Sale"

Why Western Is Heading North


FIGURES OF THE WEEK

Figures Of The Week (.pdf)

Online Extra: Production Index Components


IDEAS -- BOOKS

Seeing The Light Of Growth


IDEAS -- VIEWPOINT

Check A Box And Save A Life


IDEAS -- OUTSIDE SHOT

Give Africa's B-Schools A Boost


INTERNATIONAL -- READERS REPORT

Oxford: A Winner -- Or An Also Ran?

How Taiwan Can Protect The Interest Of Its Islanders


INTERNATIONAL -- GLOBAL FIGURES OF THE WEEK

Global Figures Of The Week (.pdf)
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