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Loose change

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 24, 2002

BANKRUPTCY BOOM: Bankruptcy filings by American consumers and businesses hit a record high last year as the economy slid into recession. Filings were up 19 percent to 1.49-million, compared with 1.25-million in 2000. The previous record was 1.44-million in 1998, according to new data.

BEST FOR WOMEN: Avon Products has the best opportunities for women among Fortune 1,000 companies, the National Association for Female Executives says. Women make up more than half of Avon's board of directors and run nearly half its divisions. Also in the top 10: children's book publisher Scholastic Corp.; Liz Claiborne Inc.; insurers Aetna and Washington Mutual; Prudential Financial Group; private pension operator TIAA-CREF; Hewlett-Packard; the New York Times Co.; and Wellpoint Health Networks.

FIRST CHOICE: When seeking advice about a possible job change, 42 percent of executives polled say they would first approach their spouse or significant other. Thirteen percent would turn to a co-worker, according to a survey by Accountemps temporary staffing service.

BOSSES GET THE BOOT: One in five workers say they would fire their boss if they could, according to a Maritz Poll of more than 1,000 adults.

THE MOUSE AND THE PEPPERONI: Now pizza is just a mouse click away. Customers can order a pie online from more than 2,500 Papa John's restaurants. Papa John's says it's the first U.S. pizza chain to offer online ordering nationwide.

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