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Rakuten: Tablets Top Smartphones

Tablets are well on their way to overtaking smartphones as the mobile device most frequently used for online purchases, according to the E-Commerce Index published by Rakuten Inc.

By Mediha DiMartino May 14, 2014 2:49 p.m.   Share
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El Pollo Loco Stock Debuts Strong

El Pollo Loco’s IPO started on a strong note with a price at the top of its range and a 48% jump by midday.

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BJ’s Beats Estimates, Shares Up

Shares of BJ’s Restaurants Inc. jumped more than 15% following the company’s second-quarter earnings that beat analyst estimates and its guidance on two positive financial trends for the future.

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Real Mex CEO Departs

Cypress-based Real Mex Restaurants Inc. President and Chief Executive Charly Robinson has left the company according to reports.

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Vans’ Revenue Up 21%

Vans Inc.’s revenue rose 21%, its parent VF Corp. reported in its second quarter financials.

Volcom’s New Vision

Paris-Based Parent Prods Change at OC Label

Volcom Inc. has outgrown its rebellious stage.

Swimwear Maker Adds Labels, 190,000-SF Lease

APPAREL: Will consolidate distribution to Buena Park

The biggest swimwear maker in the U.S. is getting bigger with an expansion to Buena Park following its latest acquisition.

Fast-Casual Pizza Co. Eyes More Units, New States

RESTAURANTS: Pieology has Yum! vet to lead expansion

Pieology Pizzeria has cooked up ambitious plans to double in size by year-end and has hired a Yum! Brands Inc. veteran to help it get there.

El Pollo Loco Chain Sets IPO Terms

Costa Mesa-based El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. set the terms for its planned initial public offering.

Fresh Roxy Style at the Beach—Venice Beach, That Is

New Quiksilver Video Part of ‘Season of Freedom’

Apparel manufacturer Quiksilver Inc. in Huntington Beach has launched a one-minute video, “Loving Lost in Venice.”

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Vans’ Revenue Up 21%

Vans Inc.’s revenue rose 21%, its parent VF Corp. reported in its second quarter financials.

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Kia Recalls 51,641 Vehicles

Kia Motors Corp. is recalling some 51,641 Soul vehicles produced from July 21, 2013 through Jan. 17, 2014 because of potential loss of steering, according to a letter automaker sent to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Investor Targets Yard House Parent

Starboard Value L.P. in New York City increased its ownership in Orlando-based Darden Restaurants 7.1% and criticized its planned $2.1 billion sale of the Red Lobster chain.

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Taco Bell Revenues Down

Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp. saw a 3% dip in revenue in the second quarter compared with a year earlier, according to results from parent Yum Brands Inc.

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NB Software Firm Buys Two Companies

Newport Beach-based Qliktag Software Inc. acquired two companies on undisclosed terms.

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El Pollo Loco Sets IPO Price

Costa Mesa-based El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. has set the terms for its planned IPO, according to reports.