Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]

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GNC SHARES ENERGIZED B YINCREASE IN SALES

GNC Holdings Inc. investors saw their shares jump from a $3.47 close on Wednesday to more than $5.26 at the end of Thursday's session, nearly a 52 percent increase, after the company reported a 5.7 percent increase in same-store fourth quarter sales. The results were a preview of full financial results for the quarter scheduled for release in the coming weeks. Shares still lag behind levels a year ago when the Pittsburgh-based health and wellness retailer's shares were trading above $10. Last month, the company said it had hired Goldman Sachs and Co. to advise it as it looks at possible changes in its current capital structure.

OAKLAND PIZZA ESTABLISHMENT CITED BY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

A consumer alert was posted at Potenza Pizza & Pasta in Oakland by the Allegheny County Health Department because of numerous health code violations. Some of the problems at the Centre Avenue restaurant included inadequate hand-washing facilities because of frozen pipes, "extensive" rodent droppings in the basement, failure to demonstrate proper sanitization of food contact surfaces and the use of unapproved toxic products. Inspection reports for food facilities in the county are available online at www.achd.net.

PUC FINES PEOPLES NATURAL GAS FOR VARIOUS ISSUES WITH LEAKS

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Thursday issued a $50,000 civil penalty to Peoples Natural Gas for failing to document and properly fix numerous gas leaks in the Pittsburgh region in 2014 and 2015. The commission's Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement filed a complaint in April 2016, citing the North Shore-based natural gas utility for improperly responding to leaks. It listed addresses in Latrobe, Johnstown, Bethel Park, Forest Hills and Pittsburgh. The penalty cannot be recovered from ratepayers and is paid to the state's general fund. …

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