Cereal complemented cookies and cracker when Kellogg Co. announced its plan to buy Keebler Foods Co. for $3.9 billion in cash. The deal, expected to close early next year, will create a company with nearly $10 billion in yearly sales.
Dow Chemical Co. fired 24 employees and reprimanded 235 more at its Freeport, Texas plant after an investigation into reported misuse of the company's email system to send inappropriate material.
Computer related companies took major hits as demand for new equipment dropped.
Software maker Compuware stock took a dive on the heels of three consecutive quarters of disappointing earnings.
Hewlett-Packard is telling employees their raises will be delayed for three months as part of an expense-cutting lan at the high-tech giant, the San Jose Mercury News reported Thursday.
Microsoft is awaiting word on their appeal of the government's case against them.
After only nine months in operation, Christian e-tailer iBelieve.com folded ship after failing to bring in new investors. It was the first e-commerce site catering to Christians, but it was unusual in that its investors were venture capitalist not evangelists.
Kmart Corp. struggled to meet Wall Street's lowered expectations as the discount retailer sought to rebound after getting a new CEO. There were calls for Kmart to close 72 less-profitable stores in 28 states affecting 5,000 workers.
There was a lot of news in the aviation industry as well.
United Airlines is waiting on a ruling by the Justice Department concerning its planned merger with U.S. Airways. If it goes through, it will be the biggest-ever airline merger.
American, Delta, Northwest and United Airlines are all in the middle of employee contracts. Along with rising fuel prices, the hefty costs in settling bitter negotiations and legal court cases will be a drag against profits.
Discount airline Pro Air was ordered grounded after the FAA found serious maintenance and record keeping problems. It later filed for bankruptcy protection.
And Alaska Airlines is being looked at closely by the FAA in the wake of an earlier crash.
Appliance maker Whirpool Corp. announced a restructuring plan that will slash up to 10 percent of its 60,000-member workforce.
Domino's Pizza Inc. made good with the Justice Department on a nationwide policy that ensures that limits on pizza deliveries are based upon a legitimate safety concern for drivers and not racial discrimination.
Merrill Lynch, the largest U.S. securities firm, is planning to cut jobs at its research department in 2001, according to a report in Friday's edition of the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter.
And the Rockefeller family no longer has any financial interest in New York's famed Rockefeller Center. Tishman Speyer Properties and the Crown family of Chicago had only owned a minority stake in the property, but now they're buying it for one-point-85 (b) billion dollars.
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