COVER: ON THE RISE? A8
Shaking off years of lethargy, the German economy is showing the first signs of a turnaround. Can the national zeitgeist keep up?
CHANGES ON MAIN STREET. . . A16
A new book talks about how ethnic groups reshape the U.S. marketplace
WORLD BRIEFING A4
India's labor troubles; Chinese Marlboros; global cell phones; and more
WORLD BEATERS A19
Vodafone's man in Japan; Nautica's new captain; Mercedes' top wheel
Banks are in a buying frenzy. Should you be looking for the next takeover target?
GLOBAL LIFE A22
Eco-conscious Costa Rica comes of age
ON THE COVER Illustration for TIME by Robert Neubecker