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Business news briefs: Pa. casinos hit jackpot with revenue in March

Pittsburgh Post Gazette – Apr 3, 2012

Pa. casinos hit jackpot with revenue in March

It was March Madness at Pennsylvania casinos. Gross revenue, the amount gamblers lost, hit $233.1 million for the month, the most since slot machine gambling began in November 2006. The previous high was in July 2011’s $218.3 million. At $126.5 million, tax revenue for the month also was at its highest since slot machine play began. Pittsburgh’s Rivers Casino finished third in the state with $26.7 million in gross slots revenue, its best month since it opened in August 2009. The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington County finished sixth, with $22.8 million.

W.Pa. gasoline prices rise 3.5 cents this week

The price of gasoline in Western Pennsylvania continued its increase this week, with the average cost for a gallon of regular, unleaded self-serve going up 3.5 cents to hit $3.956. A comparable gallon nationwide cost $3.923, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge.

McKees Rocks restaurant draws a consumer alert

Rudy’s Grill on Island Avenue in McKees Rocks was hit with a "Consumer Alert" by the Allegheny County Health Department Monday after an inspector found numerous foods at unsafe temperatures and other critical violations. An alert also was posted March 6 at Tram’s Kitchen in Lawrenceville for foods at unsafe temperatures and other problems identified during an inspection "prompted by multiple alleged foodborne illness reports," the department said. That alert was removed March 13. Consumer alerts: Inspection reports:

Butler Honda dealer earns 2011 President’s Award

Honda North, part of the Palmiero Automotive Group, was one of only 144 dealerships in the nation to get the Honda President’s Award for 2011. It is the fifth time Honda North, which is outside of Butler, has earned the award in the last six years. The award is based on prior year achievement in customer service and satisfaction, sales, training and facility.

Auto industry records a powerful March

Small cars, low interest rates, truck deals and unseasonably warm weather helped the auto industry achieve its best monthly performance in almost four years in March. Chrysler Group said Tuesday that U.S. sales jumped 34 percent compared to a year ago, making it the best month for the company in four years. General Motors Co.’s sales were up 12 percent; Ford Motor Co. rose 5 percent; Toyota Motor Corp. was up 15 percent; Volkswagen AG sales rose 35 percent. Nissan Motor Co. said sales were up 12.5 percent, making it the best month in Nissan’s history.

Capital goods rebound from drop in January

Orders to U.S. factories increased 1.3 percent in February, the Commerce Department said. That offset a similar decline in January. Demand for so-called core capital goods, a gauge of business investment plans, rose 1.7 percent. That was better than the government’s preliminary estimate last week and followed a steep drop in January. U.S. factory orders have been steadily rising since the recession ended nearly three years ago. Orders totaled $468.4 billion in February, just 3.4 percent below the previous peak hit in 2008.