Leading Indicators WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MONTH, AND WHAT IT MEANS.
(Business 2.0) – PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Deloitte vs. Deloitte
The pressure's on as Deloitte Consulting chief Douglas McCracken retires. His replacement, company veteran Paul Robinson, hopes to remain part of accounting giant Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, but that won't be easy: Due to conflict-of-interest concerns, the firm has lost several high-profile clients. June 1
AUTO INDUSTRY The Cars Are the Stars
Hollywood's The Fast and the Furious popularized the import-car customization scene and sparked a boom in aftermarket parts. Dodge, Mazda, and Mitsubishi hope the release of 2 Fast 2 Furious will spur sales of new models that look race-ready right off the showroom floor. June 6
INTERNET The Business of Blogs
Some estimates put the number of weblogs at 500,000. But does the Web's self-publishing craze represent a real moneymaking opportunity? Find out at the ClickZ Weblog Business Strategies 2003 conference, one of the first meatspace confabs dedicated to the commercialization of blogs. June 9-10
MEDICINE Scanning Your Meds
The Food and Drug Administration will consider a measure requiring bar codes on pharmaceuticals. This could prevent thousands of adverse patient reactions, but it would also cost hospitals upwards of $7 billion to comply. Mid-June
SPORT Wooing Wimbledon-Watchers
Betting on a ratings rebound after disappointing figures in 2002, NBC has extended a deal to cover the world's premier tennis tourney through 2006. Executives hope young stars like Serena Williams and Lleyton Hewitt will attract new under-25 viewers. June 23-July 6
ECONOMIC POLICY Another Greenspan Gift?
Some forecasts put the chances of an interest rate cut at the Fed's June meeting at 90 percent--even if Greenspan et al. shave off a quarter of a point in May. But that, alas, means the Fed will nearly be out of ammo: If the economy remains sluggish even as rates near zero, look out. June 24-25
MEDIA Just Decide It!
The U.S. Supreme Court will determine whether Nike was guilty of deceptive advertising or merely explaining company policy when it launched a campaign to defend its labor practices in the mid-1990s. At stake: How much First Amendment protection do corporate communications enjoy? Late June
TELEMARKETING Dine in Peace
Add your number to the new national Do Not Call registry at www.ftc.gov, and telemarketers can be fined for calling you--assuming an Oklahoma court disagrees with the Direct Marketing Association. The DMA claims the registry threatens free speech, 4 million jobs, and $275 billion in sales. July 1