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PPG Industries sales surpass predictions in first quarter

The credit for the boost goes to the market for automotive and aerospace coatings and Europe's economic recovery.

about 3 hours ago


Joblessness not due to skills gap, experts say

Over five years, the impediment to work is a lack of jobs, not a lack of skills, economists say.

about 14 hours ago


 Sandy Burkett, owner of Vital Signs, a business in East Carnegie, poses with one of her printed signs.

Older entrepreneurs finding new opportunities

Given the high rate of dissatisfaction with corporate America, it isn't surprising many older workers want to strike out on their own.

about 14 hours ago


Neighborhood Allies names innovator as first president

Presley Gillespie starts in May with the nonprofit formed from the dissolution of the Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development.

about 14 hours ago


Walnut Capital working to expand Bakery Square project

A host of dignitaries will join Walnut Capital principals today in breaking ground on the first office building for Bakery Square 2.0.

about 14 hours ago


 Roofers install a roof on a new construction home in Pepper Pike, Ohio.

Business Briefs: 4/17/14

City rated as one of best for millennials; Mylan Inc. gets approval for insomnia tablets; Local 2030 District ahead of goal to reduce

about 14 hours ago


Beige Book report shows weather froze Pittsburgh region's growth

Mild temperatures helped to increase overall consumer spending and retail sales in other districts.

about 14 hours ago


Pittsburgh's largest bank continues to cut expenses

PNC Financial Services Group Wednesday reported earnings of $992 million in the first quarter, up 7 percent from $928 million a year

about 4 hours ago


 The 2014 Kia Forte gets a revamped exterior, following in the company's footsteps toward a bolder look.

Drivers Seat: Review of Kia Forte EX

The model is a "must see" for those looking to buy a smaller sedan.

about 14 hours ago


Delinquencies on loans expected to rise

Analysts, though, said more delinquencies could include a positive sign for the economy.

about 14 hours ago


PNC Financial Services earnings rise 7% in first quarter

PNC Financial Services Group this morning reported earnings of $992 million as it set aside less money to cover bad loans and expenses fell.

about 14 hours ago


 An aerial view of Downtown Pittsburgh, and UPMC's headquarters, in 2012.

UPMC: Court is not the place to settle tax-exemption issue

But the city's attorney says, "We would like to let a court decide this issue before we slap you with a bill."

about 14 hours ago


Heartbleed bug fixes threaten to cause Internet disruptions in coming weeks

Estimates of the severity of the bug's damage have mounted almost daily since researchers announced the discovery of Heartbleed last week.

1 day ago


 Bill Stolze bought the eight-story former whiskey distillery building on the South Side in 2012 for $495,000.

Former South Side whiskey distillery to transform into condos

With the Whiskey Barrel Flats, Bill Stolze may be the first to test the market on a riverfront stretch long considered a prime spot.

1 day ago


 Camille Downing, left, associate professor at Point Park University’s School of Communication, teaches a class on Web design and marketing Tuesday. The class is launching Wood Street Communications — a student agency that will service nonprofits with Web design, marketing, PR and other communications. Students will do the work for nonprofits pro bono as part of their course work. Ms. Downing teaches a class that is organizing the agency.

Point Park student agency to help nonprofits connect

The payoff for students in the Downtown university’s School of Communication is they get professional experience in a for-credit class.

1 day ago


 U.S. gasoline prices kept consumer inflation in check last month, helping to offset higher costs for food and clothing.

Business Briefs: 4/16/14

Carmichaels, Monessen banks complete merger; UPMC sublets chunks of Heinz 57 Center; Pittsburgh architecture firms to merge.

1 day ago


Koppers eyes growth with purchases

Koppers expects the $460 million acquisition of Osmose units to boost its positions in wood treatment products and railroad services.

1 day ago


 Andrew Moore, CMU's new School of Computer Science dean.

CMU taps Google VP as new dean of computer science

Andrew W. Moore, a computer scientist and expert in robotics, will begin his duties in August.

1 day ago


 Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald answers a  reporter's question during a press conference announcing the county's decision to exclusively retain Highmark for its health care coverage through Dec. 31, 2015.

Allegheny County to stay with Highmark for health insurance

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said he hopes the decision to keep Highmark spurs settlement talks with rival UPMC Health Plan.

1 day ago


Business Briefs: 4/15/14

New York firm OKs purchase by Koppers; Fort Lauderdale-’Burgh daily flight set to launch; Apollo reports income rise in first quarter

2 days ago


PNC Bank refunding customers hit by fees

The $90 million settlement covers customers who had PNC accounts accessible by a debit card between Jan. 1, 2004, and Aug. 15, 2010.

2 days ago


Patent trolls can be bad for business

They're not hiding under bridges, but patent trolls can cause headaches for companies trying to bring their products to market.

2 days ago


What paperwork to keep after taxes are completed

For most of us, the drudgery of tax filing season has drawn to a merciful close. Now what do you do with all that paperwork?

2 days ago


 The IRS can assess penalties to taxpayers for failing to file on time.

Failure to file a tax return can be worse than not paying the taxes owed

The closing bell rings at midnight for filing 2013 tax returns. The penalty for filing late is normally 5% of the unpaid taxes each month.

2 days ago


Small business owners are finding outside help during tax season

A National Small Business Association report found that 86 percent of small business owners surveyed hire a tax practitioner or accountant.

2 days ago


Ced Kurtz's Techman: Don't delay in finding out Heartbleed's impact on your cyberlife

The Heartbleed vulnerability is particularly insidious because it is a flaw in OpenSSL used to secure much of the Internet.

2 days ago


No penalty for oil and gas consultant for unauthorized practice of law

Judges on the panel said the consultant’s advice provided a benefit to his clients, who were preparing to lease their property.

2 days ago


 The Senator John Heinz History Center in the Strip District has the old Heinz sign attached.

Heinz offers buyout to majority of Pittsburgh-area workforce

Anyone who takes the deal will be replaced, leaving the company with the same size workforce in the region, according to the company.

2 days ago


 Grant Oliphant

Grant Oliphant to rejoin Heinz Endowments as president

Mr. Oliphant, 53, president of the Pittsburgh Foundation, will start his new position in June.

2 days ago


Koppers acquiring wood preservation and railroad services businesses

The $460 million acquisition of Osmose Holdings, based in Buffalo, N.Y., will be financed through new and existing debt.

3 days ago


 JetBlue Airways will start daily flights from Pittsburgh International Airport to Fort Lauderdale.

JetBlue to offer nonstop to Fort Lauderdale starting Oct. 29

The airline's daily flights will leave Pittsburgh at 7:15 a.m. with a return flight arriving at 9:31 p.m.

3 days ago


Cash-strapped charities embrace Highmark walk for health

Nonprofits are raising funds but avoiding overhead costs in Highmark's annual walk.

4 days ago


 Chrissy Stewart, senior chemist, does a coression test for protextive qualities of paint Wednesday at KTA-Tator, an employee-owned company in Findlay. KTA-Tator tests industrial paints used in bridges, pipelines, industrial plants and more.

ESOPs attractive to baby-boomer business owners

For aging baby boomers considering selling their companies, selling to employees may be an attractive option.

4 days ago


NSA could exploit flaws on 'Net

Elements of the decision became evident Friday, when the White House denied that it had any prior knowledge of the Heartbleed bug.

4 days ago


Global economy turning the corner, IMF contends

The International Monetary Fund predicts global growth would strengthen to 3.6 percent this year and an even better 3.9 percent in 2015.

4 days ago


Dateline Pittsburgh: 04/13/14

People on the move.

4 days ago


Business Calendar for the week of 04/13/14

Business-oriented events this week.

4 days ago


 From left, Laura VanValkenburg, SolePower director of business development; electrical systems developer Elliot Kahn; co-founder Matt Stanton; co-founder Hahna Alexander; and business developer David Davitian pose for a portrait inside their East Liberty office space. The company has been named on Popular Science's 2014 Invention Awards list.

East Liberty startup SolePower catching global attention

East Liberty-based SolePower is catching eyes for its cell phone charging insoles.

4 days ago


The week that was: 04/13/14

The week that was in business news: A new partnership between UPMC and the VA, fading food courts, and more.

4 days ago


Consumer Reports: What you need to know about prepaid cards

Prepaid cards are no longer just for people who don’t have bank accounts. Fees have declined, and many prepaid cards offer more features.

4 days ago


The Color of Money: Some options for paying the IRS

A “rescue” could cost you thou­sands of dol­lars.

5 days ago


WorkZone: Negative references can hurt job seekers, employers

A good reference could be the difference between landing a job and being turned down.

4 days ago


Balancing Act: Hesitancy can hinder women in business

But when big risks lead to big rewards, female leaders must shift their thought processes if they are going to raise their growth prospects.

4 days ago


Heard off the Street: For firms, it’s location, location, location

Where companies hold shareholder meetings says a lot about how poorly they'll do in the months ahead.

4 days ago


Office Coach: Turn tables on talkative co-worker

While some people hate divulging personal information, others view their life as an open book and will happily share almost anything.

4 days ago


Good Question: Tackling unpaid collection accounts

So, how should you han­dle un­paid col­lec­tion ac­counts? Pay them off.

4 days ago


 The Sangean DDR 63 radio is very full-featured with Wi-Fi, CD, USB and Bluetooth for a street price of $325.

Sound Advice: CD-capable models can be found

Un­for­tu­nately, CD ca­pa­bil­ity is be­com­ing rarer and rarer as peo­ple switch to dig­i­tal me­dia on their phones and com­put­ers.

4 days ago


Ohio's temblors linked to fracking

The state issued new permit conditions Friday in certain areas that are among the nation's strictest for natural gas drilling.

5 days ago


 Chris Painter, the State Department’s coordinator for cyberissues, says the U.S. request to allies to choke off computer traffic was a diplomatic effort to halt cyberattacks in 2012.

Digital assault shook up officials

The attacks subsided, providing what officials have described as a template to respond in other such cases.

5 days ago


Business News Briefs: Texas firms agrees to stop using bottle in Heinz tiff

Texas firms agrees to stop using bottle in Heinz tiff; Coldwater Creek stores on chopping block; First Commonwealth names Rout successor.

5 days ago



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