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Airport's ranking for on-time arrival worsens vs. Sept. 2007

Nearly 83 percent of flights landed on time at the Charlotte airport in September, slightly worse than the rate of more than 84 percent a year earlier, according to federal transportation statistics released Friday.

Charlotte/Douglas International ranked 23rd among 32 major U.S. airports for the month, down from 13th in September 2007. In the first nine months of this year, Charlotte ranked 15th with an on-time arrival rate of about 77 percent, up from 26th and roughly 69 percent in the same period last year.

US Airways, Charlotte's dominant carrier, posted a September on-time arrival rate of 84 percent nationwide – its best this year.

But that trailed the industry average of almost 85 percent as most other airlines also reported higher rates. As a result, US Airways ranked sixth among major airlines and 10th out of 19 total airlines tracked by the Bureau of Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

For the year, US Airways ranks second among major airlines – behind Southwest – with an on-time arrival rate of nearly 80 percent.

Jefferson George

Greensboro newspaper aims to reduce staff

A North Carolina newspaper has offered all of its employees a voluntary buyout in an effort to reduce its work force by up to 10 percent.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported its employees were sent an e-mail Friday that said all could apply for a buyout program. Spots weren't guaranteed, but accepted employees would be eligible for severance compensation.

Publisher Robin Saul cited the newspaper's declining revenue and distribution costs as factors in the decision. He said layoffs will be the next step if not enough employees take the offer.

The decision comes as newspapers nationwide continue to undertake significant job cuts. Newspaper giant Gannett Co. eliminated more than 1,000 positions earlier this year. McClatchy Co., owner of The Charlotte Observer, (Raleigh) News & Observer and The (Rock Hill, S.C.) Herald, announced its second major round of job cuts in September. Associated Press

PC-maker Lenovo Group's profits plummet

Lenovo Group's quarterly profit dived 78 percent as the global economic slowdown battered sales, and the company, the world's fourth-largest PC maker, said it would launch a restructuring with possible job cuts.

Profit for the three months that ended Sept. 30 was $23million, compared with $105 million in the same period last year, the Beijing-based company said Friday. Lenovo eked out a 0.4 percent rise in total global sales, to $4.33 billion.

Lenovo said last month that it was laying off about 50 employees by the end of the year in Morrisville, outside Raleigh, where the company has based its executive headquarters and employs nearly 1,700 workers.

Chairman Yang Yuanqing expressed disappointment at the results and blamed both the global slowdown and management problems. Associated Press

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