Three restaurant alerts
Three area restaurants have been hit with a Consumer Alert by the Allegheny County Health Department for repeated food safety violations. They include the Bagel Factory on Craig Street in Oakland for an infestation of mice; Villa Pizza at the Robinson Mall in Robinson for a roach infestation, and Yen's Gourmet Chinese Restaurant on Penn Avenue in East Liberty for a roach and mouse infestation and other critical violations. Inspection reports are available at webapps.achd.net/Restaurant/.
Five problem institutions
Five Pittsburgh-area credit unions landed on an independent research group's list of problem financial institutions in the fourth quarter. Shacog in Mt. Lebanon -- which reappeared on the list after dropping off in the second quarter -- joined Beaver Avenue credit union on the North Side, CGH in New Kensington, Iron Workers based Downtown and Southwest Communities in Carnegie on the BauerFinancial problem list. Four of those institutions received two stars out of a possible five, while CGH received one star. No Pittsburgh-area banks appeared on the problem list. Visit www.bauerfinancial.com for full report.
Learn sustainability reporting
The Allegheny Conference on Community Development and Sustainable Pittsburgh's Champions for Sustainability network will host a workshop on sustainability reporting from March 15 at the Fairmont Hotel, Downtown. Breakfast is provided. The fee to attend is $45, with discounts available. Register at www.C4Spgh.org. The keynote speaker will be Geoff Muessig, Pitt Ohio's chief marketing officer and executive vice president.
Survey on retirement plans
A survey by PNC Financial Services Group found that Americans actively planning for retirement are more likely to see a dentist than a financial adviser. The survey looked at a nationwide cross section of 1,020 adults between the ages of 35 and 70 with at least $100,000 in investable assets. It found 84 percent of them plan to see a dentist, while only 43 percent of them plan to see a financial adviser.
EU hits Microsoft over choice
The European Union has fined Microsoft Corp. 561 million euros ($733 million) for breaking a 2009 pledge to offer personal computer users a choice of Internet browsers when they install the company's flagship Windows operating system. No company has ever failed to keep its end of a bargain with EU authorities before. Microsoft admitted the failure last year, adding that it was a mistake.
Toyota selects ex-GM leader
Toyota has tapped a former executive at U.S. rival General Motors to join its board, the first time in the Japanese automaker's 76-year history it is appointing directors from outside the company. Mark Hogan, a former GM group vice president, is also the first foreigner on Toyota's board since 2007.
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Wholesale orders rose in Dec.
The Commerce Department said Wednesday that orders for so-called core capital goods, which includes equipment and computers, rose 7.2 percent from December. It was the biggest gain in more than a year and higher than the initial 6.3 percent increase estimated by the government last week. Total factory orders fell 2 percent in January from December. But the decline was mostly due to a steep drop in volatile aircraft and defense orders that was reported last week.
Exxon expects 1% decline
Exxon Mobil Corp. expects production to decline by about 1 percent this year due to weaker output of natural gas. The oil and gas giant expects annual production to rise by 2 percent to 3 percent per year through 2017. The company gave the forecast Wednesday at its annual meeting with analysts in New York. Exxon has been the biggest U.S. producer of natural gas since buying XTO Energy in 2010.
Sharp to sell stock to Samsung
Sharp will sell 10.4 billion yen ($111 million) of stock to Samsung Electronics as the Japanese display maker tries to rebound from a record loss amid slowing demand for TVs and Apple iPhones. Korean-based Samsung, the world's largest maker of TVs and smartphones, will secure a supply of liquid-crystal displays from Sharp. The share sale will close March 28, according to Wednesday's filing.