ISSUE DATE: September 17, 2007 =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

Private Equity's White-Knuckle Deal
With Wall Street closely watching, Clayton Dubilier salvaged the Home Depot buyout—and showed how other big deals in the works can go forward
COVER IMAGE:  Crunch Time: Reshaping Private Equity
GRAPHIC:  Buyout Limbo
GRAPHIC:  The Blunder Years
GRAPHIC:  Ten-Largest Private Equity Funds 2000-2007
ONLINE EXTRA:  Kill the Private Equity Tax Break?
Education Of A Dealmaker: "I Got Cocky"


SPECIAL REPORT

The Asia BusinessWeek 50
Indian outfits dominate our latest list of Asia's 50 top performers


UP FRONT

Talk Show

Net Cafés: Home Was Never Like This

An Attention Deficit Surplus

Rush-Hour Relief Via Cell

Hormel Has A Beef Against Ethanol

An Airing For Flyers

A Smarter Smartphone In The Works?

The Sincerest Form Of Auto Design

If These Walls Could Talk…

Sure, You Can Draw. Can You Manage?

Global Glitch


READERS REPORT

Credit Crunch: BusinessWeek Missed The Call, Too

Imperfect Technology Shouldn't Be A Goal

Don't Blame Junk Bonds For The S&L Crisis

The Real Reason Investors Are Angry

The FAA's Assurances Offer Little Comfort

Ethics In Consulting? That's A Joke

Don't Worry Yourself Sick Over "Sick Offices"


CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS

"Texas Instruments: Processing Away The Pain" (Science & Technology, Sept. 3, 2007)


TECHNOLOGY & YOU

Who Pays For "Free" Net Calls?


MEDIA CENTRIC

O.K. (Sigh), I'll Join Facebook
ONLINE EXTRA:  Debate Room -- Social Networking: Blah, Blah, Blah


BUSINESS OUTLOOK

Bernanke May Need To Dig Deeper Into His Toolbox

The Earnings Engine Is Sputtering


THE BUSINESS WEEK

Dog Days In Detroit

LIBOR Over The Moon

Home Lender Follies

French Goliath

Turning Off iTunes

India's Fast Pace

A Wireless Marriage

New Head At S&P

Flint Rings Off

Stymied In Redmond

What Price Wheat?

Toy Recall Of The Week


NEWS & INSIGHTS

Can Retirees Afford This Much Risk?

Swiftest Scavenger On The Block

The SEC Wants More Answers

A Friend Of Ben With A Bold Idea

China Rushes Upmarket

Sony Likes The Yield From Its Junk


GOVERNMENT

Inside The Hidden World Of Earmarks
ONLINE EXTRA:  Interactive Table: Lobbying For Dollars


WORKPLACE

Bridging The Generation Gap

We're Not Finnished With You Yet


INFO TECH

Hewlett-Packard: Smartphone Central?
ONLINE EXTRA:  Game On for HP

Amazon Does Downloads, Sort Of


FINANCE

Britain's Coming Credit Crisis


MANAGING

The Big Divide In Tech Support


THE CORPORATION

The Barroom Brawl Over Patrón


MEDIA

Housing Woes? Not At HGTV


DEVELOPMENTS TO WATCH

A Leading Suspect In The Honeybee Calamity

To Hoodwink Thieves, Let Your Eyes Do The Typing

Helping Houses Keep Cooler Heads

Of Artificial Muscles And Junk-Food Ads


DESIGN

Return Of The Easy Rider
ONLINE EXTRA:  Slide Show: Creating Coasting


EXECUTIVE LIFE

Bugatti's Supreme Supercar

If You're Headed For Bangalore…


EXECUTIVE LIFE -- PARKER ON WINE

Sifting Through The Wines Of Chile


PERSONAL FINANCE

This Old Foreclosure
ONLINE EXTRA:  Video -- Foreclosure Opportunities

Straight Talk About Bad Results


PLUS

Sneak A Peek At Your Credit Report

Energy Breaks

Financial Fate


INSIDE WALL STREET

Is The Big Board A Buy?

Why Access Could Turn Heads

A Stem-Cell Bank Is Drawing Interest


FIGURES OF THE WEEK

Figures of the Week (.pdf)

Online Extra: Production Index Components


IDEAS -- BOOKS

Name That Demographic


IDEAS -- OUTSIDE SHOT

The Case For Nuclear Power


IDEAS -- THE WELCH WAY

Opportunity Is Knocking 
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