Business briefs: Survey finds Pittsburgh falling out of love with Heinz ketchup maker

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The relationship between Pittsburgh and the H.J. Heinz Co. has cooled. The historic Pittsburgh ketchup maker, which has spent decades taking a brand born in Sharpsburg and making it a household name, earned very positive approval numbers from 43 percent of almost 11,000 Pittsburgh respondents surveyed by East Liberty-based polling and data mining company CivicScience between April 2012 and July 2013. That dropped to 19 percent of almost 1,000 respondents polled between August and mid-November. On Aug. 13, Heinz cut 350 jobs in its Pittsburgh operations as new owners looked for ways to operate more efficiently.

Region's gas prices drop, national prices increase

Gas prices in Pittsburgh are continuing to drop while the national average is increasing for the first time in more than two months. A weekly survey of Pittsburgh area retailers reported prices dropped 0.7 cents to an average price of $3.32 per gallon, according to GasBuddy.com. The national average jumped 1.6 cents to an average price of $3.21 per gallon, the first increase in the national average since the first week of September.

DFW Furniture closes its doors in Pa.

The parent of DFW Furniture, Columbus, Ohio-based Designer Furniture Warehouse, plans to close all but one of its stores as part of the company's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing last week. The company has 11 stores in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, including sites in Wexford, Pleasant Hills and Washington, Pa. The Columbus store will not be closed. The bulk of the stores will be closed for a short period and then re-opened for a sale managed by liquidation specialist Planned Furniture Promotions Inc. The company said it plans to work with customers who made deposits before the bankruptcy filing.

Index finds home buyers still cautious with market

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday stayed at 54 this month but the trade association noted that consumers are holding off on buying a home because of concerns over another budget fight in Washington.

Meadows Racetrack sells property for hotel

The Meadows Racetrack & Casino sold a four-acre parcel on Racetrack Road to Meadows Hotel Associates LLC of Pittsburgh Monday for the construction of a 155-room Hyatt Place hotel, to start later this year. A pedestrian bridge will link the two.

Clarion Hospital set to open radiation oncology dept.

Clarion Hospital officials say they will re-open their radiation oncology department by May, a result of the hospital's partnership with Highmark's Allegheny Health Network. The Clarion Hospital Foundation has raised nearly $2 million earmarked for a digital accelerator for the radiation oncology program.

State will see $484,000 in settlement with Google Inc.

Pennsylvania will receive $484,000 as part of a multi-state settlement with Google Inc. involving the company's handling of Safari privacy settings, Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office said Monday. Pennsylvania entered into the $17 million settlement along with 36 other states and the District of Columbia. The state officials claimed Google violated state consumer protection and computer piracy laws by circumventing the default privacy settings in Safari that block third-party cookies, according to the attorney general's office.

Koppers to scale back production in Netherlands

Koppers Netherlands, a division of Downtown-based Koppers Holdings, said it plans to scale back production and lay off an unspecified number of workers at its Uithoorn, Netherlands, plant by July 1. Koppers acquired the plant in 2010 from Cindu Chemicals. Koppers declined further comment.

Mylan gets approval to launch generic ADHD pills

Mylan Inc. said it received regulatory approval to launch the first generic version of Norvartis' Focalin XR capsules used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Discover offers free credit score for card holders

Discover said Monday that it would include free FICO credit scores on monthly statements for holders of its "Discover It" credit cards. Credit scores are used by lenders, insurers and others to judge a customer's credit risk.


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