Business In Brief - October 27, 2007

Free computer classes offered to laid-off manufacturing workers

Panorama Computer Learning is offering free computer classes in November for displaced manufacturing workers, the company said.

The classes are as follows:

• Microsoft Word 2003 class, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 3., location to be determined.

• Microsoft Excel 2003 class, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 10, Hilton Garden Inn, Rock Hill.

• Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 class, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 17, Hilton Garden Inn, Rock Hill.

The courses are offered at no charge to workers recently laid off from manufacturing jobs. Those who are employed can enroll for a $40 fee. To register, call Susan Woods at 324-3783.

Lancaster chamber to host USC-Lancaster focus group

LANCASTER -- Members of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce are invited to attend a special planning meeting about the University of South Carolina-Lancaster's master plan.

A focus group will meet at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 1 at the Carole Ray Dowling Center at USC-L. Chamber members can share ideas and concerns with architectural firm The Boudreaux Group during the meeting. The group will provide input on existing buildings and infrastructure and placement of new buildings, parking areas and other issues.

The meeting is free, but reservations can be made at (803) 283-4105.

Paula Gillman & Co. to have ribbon-cutting Tuesday

Paula Gillman & Co. kitchen store will hold a ribbon-cutting at noon Tuesday to celebrate the opening of its store in Millwood Plantation.

The shop offers kitchen cookware and cooking classes. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sundays.

The event, sponsored by the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce, will be at 295 Herlong Ave., Suite 403. For more information, call 329-4567 or visit

Former Great Falls resident buys Indiana funeral home

ROCKVILLE, Ind. -- Scott Spangler, formerly of Great Falls, has purchased the Barnes Mortuary in Rockville, Ind. He has renamed the business Barnes-Spangler Funeral Home.

Spangler, 41, formerly was employed with Dantzler-Baker Funeral Home of Great Falls.

Wendy's third-quarter earnings beat Wall Street estimates

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Wendy's International said changes at its restaurants are paying off, but that a decision about the possible sale of the nation's third-largest hamburger chain is taking longer than expected.

Wendy's reported its third-quarter earnings fell 57 percent from a year ago, before it spun off the Tim Hortons. But its results easily beat Wall Street estimates, helped by improving margins and cost controls.

Wendy's said it made $29.9 million, or 34 cents a share, for the quarter ended Sept. 30 compared with earnings $69.2 million, or 58 cents a share, a year ago. Revenue was about flat at $631.1 million versus $630.1 million in the year-ago quarter.

Sales at stores opened at least a year, considered a key indicator of a retailer's strength, rose 0.2 percent in the quarter, compared with 4.1 percent a year ago.

Volkswagen profits up on improved sales, lower manufacturing costs

FRANKFURT, Germany -- Automaker Volkswagen AG said Friday that its third-quarter profit soared higher on improved sales in Asia, Europe and South America, along with lower costs for building cars.

The Wolfsburg-based company, Europe's biggest car maker, earned $1.35 million in the July-through-September period, beating the $1.23 million that analysts polled by Dow Jones Newswires had predicted.