UPDATE 1-Judge in Penney-Stewart trial to render ruling soon

Sept 25 Wed Sep 25, 2013 11:45am EDT

Sept 25 (Reuters) - A New York judge overseeing the trial pitting Macy's Inc against J.C. Penney Co Inc and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia said on Wednesday he hoped to issue a ruling "in a short time rather than a later time."

Macy's sued rival Penney and Martha Stewart last year over their 2011 deal, which called for the home goods guru to produce items and have "stores within a store" at Penney locations. Macy's said the pact infringed its own exclusive deal with Stewart's company.