ISSUE DATE: November 5, 2007 =Subscribers Only

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Best Global Brands
These 100 brands are among the world's most recognized—and most valuable

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BusinessWeek 50
Our picks of the top-performing companies from the S&P 500. Plus, regional rankings for Asia and Europe:
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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

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International Business News, Business News, Technology Industry News
COVER STORY

Perform or Perish
With the days of easy money over for private equity firms, CEOs are under intense pressure from their LBO bosses to squeeze profits out of acquired companies—or else
COVER IMAGE:  Perform or Perish
Stats
Buyout Shops Are Still Buying Talent
ONLINE EXTRA:  Kill the Private-Equity Tax Break?


THE BUSINESS WEEK -- NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Merrill's Bombshell

Bear's Chinese Pal

Apple's Boffo Results

VW's Armor Crumbles

Chrysler: Too Soon to Call

Letting Intel Be Intel

Life After the LBO

A Piece of Facebook

China's Next Leaders

A Train That Goes Vroom!

China's Asset Gold Rush

Buy a Caddy, Says Dylan

What's That in the Garage?

Moscow Plays the Market

Wal-Mart's Move in Japan

Gift-Card Gambit

Vonage: More Bad Vibes

For Sale at Staples

BP's Costly Settlements

The Wildfire State

Sweeter Music at Harman

So Much for Exubera

Property: Anxiety in the Gulf


THE BUSINESS WEEK -- BUSINESS OUTLOOK

A Helping Hand from Foreign Demand


THE BUSINESS WEEK -- NUMBERS

Slide Show: Grocery Bills on the Rise

Online Extra: Figures of the Week (.pdf)


THE BUSINESS WEEK -- THE NEXT BUSINESS WEEK

BusinessWeek.com

BusinessWeek TV

Calendar


THE BUSINESS WEEK -- BTW

CFOs Are Feeling the Heat

To the Banks of the Tigris

Whisky Business: Here's Mud in Your Eye, Dad

A Jolt of Starbooks

In Search of Your Inner Executive

Playing Games at the Office


THE BUSINESS WEEK -- FACETIME

Victor Chu, Chairman, First Eastern Investment


NEWS

In Search of MyProfits

Gift Cards with a Personal Touch

Chinese Banks Head for the U.S.

Why Merrill Got Burned So Badly

The Housing Bust's Latest Blow

The Even-Keel Economy


IN DEPTH

Where Designers Rule
ONLINE EXTRA:  Slide Show: Bang & Olufsen: Design Reigns Supreme

A Cautionary Tale for Old Media
ONLINE EXTRA:  Newspapers' Unlikely Hero
ONLINE EXTRA:  Narrated Slide Show: Reporter's Journal


WHAT'S NEXT -- MARKETING

Baseball, Apple Pie…and Mahindra?
ONLINE EXTRA:  Narrated Slide Show: Mahindra: An American "Household Name?"


WHAT'S NEXT -- STRATEGIES

Give the Chauffeur the Day Off
ONLINE EXTRA:  Slide Show: A Peek Inside Rolls Royce


WHAT'S NEXT -- EMERGING MARKETS

Brazil Heads for Investment Grade


WHAT'S NEXT -- SCIENCE

Saving Energy By Fighting Friction


WHAT'S NEXT -- INFO TECH

Why Qualcomm Is a Teflon Stock


WHAT'S NEXT -- WORKING LIFE

Leave the Driving to Microsoft

White-Collar Work Goes Seasonal

Google Helps Make Passions Pay


WHAT'S NEXT -- FINANCE

These Tough Lending Laws Could Travel


PERSONAL BUSINESS -- PROPERTY TAXES

How to Reduce Your Property Taxes
ONLINE EXTRA:  Video: Tips on Challenging Your Property-Tax Bill


PERSONAL BUSINESS -- HEALTH INSURANCE

Sweat More, Pay Less
ONLINE EXTRA:  Video: Open Enrollment


PERSONAL BUSINESS -- PLUS

A Playbook for Traders

This REIT Avoids the Housing Mess

Expecting a Lump-Sum Pension? Read This


PERSONAL BUSINESS -- PARKER ON WINE

New Wines from a Young Talent


OPINION -- TECH & YOU

Get Your Hands Off the Web


OPINION -- MEDIA CENTRIC

The Winter of Our Content


OPINION -- INSIDE WALL STREET

T. Rowe Price's Chinese Coup

MEMC: This Solar Star May Cool Off

Why Sirtris Feels So Frisky


OPINION -- FEEDBACK

A Boost for the Privileged

Why the Osprey Will Soar for Civilians

Advice on Leadership—or a Political Opinion?

The Loonie's Sane Strength

Is Universal Coverage Possible?

The Heartland Has Unsold Homes, Too

Solar: It's All Starting to Add Up

Kudos for a Top Turnaround Team


OPINION -- BOOKS

Are B-Schools a Blight on the Land?
ONLINE EXTRA:  Video: Debunking B-School

The BusinessWeek Best Seller List

The BusinessWeek Best Seller List (.pdf)

Online Extra: Slide Show: Business Best Sellers


OPINION -- THE WELCH WAY

Negotiate in a Cool, Dark Place
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