Today’s Business Beat – Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

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Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s to test same-day delivery

Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s plan to test same-day delivery for online purchases in Chicago and several other markets beginning this fall. The chains also say shoppers now can buy online and pickup the merchandise at full-line stores nationwide.

Urban Outfitters sweatshirt stirs outrage, draws apology

Urban Outfitters was taking a pounding Monday after it offered for sale a “Vintage Kent State Sweatshirt” that looked like it could have been splattered with blood during campus unrest in May 1970, including shootings that killed four students.

GM expert: 19 deaths eligible for compensation

The death toll tied to faulty ignition switches in General Motors small cars has risen to 19, according to a compensation expert hired by the company. The number is likely to go higher.

McDonald’s coffee giveaway returns Tuesday

McDonald’s will give away small cups of coffee for two weeks beginning Tuesday as it calls attention to its McCafe line. The promotion runs through National Coffee Day on Sept. 29.

Express lanes. Bike lanes, Now a no-cellphone sidewalk lane

Many cities have lanes set aside for bicyclists. Now a city in China has created has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, seemingly offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they’re going.

Johnson Controls shakes up heating, cooling unit

Johnson Controls said Monday it will separate its North America heating and cooling business from its global products business to drive growth. The Milwaukee-based company makes car interiors, electric car batteries and video surveillance systems.

Heineken rejects SABMiller takeover bid

Family-controlled brewer Heineken says it has rejected a takeover bid by rival SABMiller.

Shire says ADHD drug to be reviewed as eating-disorder treatment

Shire Plc says its drug for treatment ADHD will get a priority review from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a treatment adults with binge eating disorder.

Airbus officials meet with Ohio businesses

Officials of the aircraft manufacturer Airbus planned to meet Monday with representatives of nearly 100 Ohio companies to talk about doing more business with them.

Microsoft to buy Minecraft maker for $2.5 billion

Microsoft will acquire the maker of the popular game Minecraft for $2.5 billion. Minecraft, which lets users build in and explore a virtual world, has been downloaded 100 million times on PC alone since its launch in 2009.

Apple: Record 4M orders of iPhones on 1st day

Apple says it had more than 4 million pre-orders of its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 24 hours, exceeding its initial pre-order supply.

Envelopes in Marriott hotels invite tips for maids

Marriott is launching a program to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping. Some 750 to 1,000 hotels will participate from Marriott brands such as Courtyard, Residence Inn, J.W. Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Renaissance hotels.

Gilead to license generic version of hepatitis C drug Sovaldi

Gilead Sciences has reached a deal with several generic drugmakers to produce cheaper versions of its popular, expensive hepatitis C drug Sovaldi for use in developing countries.

ZF buying TRW Automotive for about $11.74B

ZF Friedrichshafen AG is buying TRW Automotive for about $11.74 billion. The deal will create an automotive supplier business with combined sales of about $41 billion and 138,000 employees.

Office Depot moving its stock to Nasdaq market

Office Depot is leaving the New York Stock Exchange. The office supplies retailer said Monday its stock will start trading on the Nasdaq stock market on Sept. 26.

Nucor buying Gallatin Steel for about $770M

Steel company Nucor is buying Gallatin Steel Co. for about $770 million, which will expand Nucor’s footprint in the Midwest.

US factory output drops 0.4 percent in August

U.S. manufacturing output declined in August for the first time in seven months, reflecting a sharp fall in production at auto plants.

Safety agency investigates Ford Fiesta latches

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that the doors won’t latch properly on some Ford Fiesta subcompact cars.

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