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Loose change

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published August 18, 2002

C'EST LA VIE: La Parisien newspaper reports Jean-Marie Messier, ousted last month as chief executive of Vivendi Universal, is writing a book about his experience. Messier turned the 149-year-old French water utility into the world's No. 2 media company. But he was fired after his $77-billion acquisition strategy led to the biggest loss in French corporate history and the company's stock tanked. The working title of his book: How I Was Betrayed.

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MARRIED MEN MAKE MORE: Two analysts at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis say married men tend to earn more money than unmarried men. Analyses of several recent studies show married men, on average, make about 11 percent more than never-married men; divorced men fall in between. The analysts don't try to explain why, but offer an observation: Traits that make a man a high wage earner also are traits that make him a good marriage partner.

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INTERVIEW OFFENSE: Confidence is critical when interviewing for a management-level position. But hundreds of chief financial officers agree the biggest pitfall for a job candidate is arrogance, according to a survey by RHI Management Resources.

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CHOPSTICK-LICKING GOOD? KFC is tailoring its menu to local tastes in Thailand. The company is transforming its all-American fried chicken into a basic Thai dish, yum kai sarb. It will market the spicy chicken rice dish and others with the slogan, "Have you eaten rice yet?"

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GOING FOR GARAGES: Whirlpool wants to organize the stuff in your garage, and it's launching a line of appliances and storage devices to do it. With men as the target market, almost every item in the Gladiator line features a rugged design made of steel.

-- Compiled by Cathy Keim from Times wires.

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