Orange County Business Journal

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Apparel Firm Takes Over LA Plant

AST Sportswear Inc. in Brea plans to resume operations at the former American Apparel’s dyeing and finishing plant in Hawthorne in Los Angeles County, after acquiring its equipment in an auction.

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Hyundai, Kia Settle With States

Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. will pay $41.2 million to 33 states and the District of Columbia to settle an investigation of the automakers’ “2012 restatement of fuel economy ratings and related advertising.”

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Porsche Motorsport Decamps

Porsche Motorsport North America has left Santa Ana for Carson, a move first announced in 2012.

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OC Car Sales Up 1.1%

Sales of new vehicles at Orange County auto dealers for the first nine months of the year increased 1.1% to 147,360, according to the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

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Wienerschnitzel Franchisee Wants 10 More

Wienerschnitzel in Irvine said a current franchisee would add 10 locations in California and Texas.

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Volcom Down in Q3

Costa Mesa-based Volcom Inc. posted $76.5 million in revenue for the September quarter, a 13.6% decrease from the same period last year, according to Kering, its Paris-based parent.

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Vans’ Sales Up

Vans Inc. revenue was up 7% in the third quarter, leading the Greensboro, N.C.-based parent, VF Corp.’s outdoor and action sports group that includes the North Face and Timberland brands and had $2.3 billion in revenue for the period.

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Bravo Sports Buys Again

Bravo Sports Corp. in Santa Fe Springs bought on undisclosed terms Nutcase Inc. in Portland, Ore., its third acquisition of a sports gear maker within the last 10 months.

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Holiday Pop-Ups for Wet Seal

Wet Seal LLC in Irvine plans to open 13 temporary stores during the upcoming holiday season.

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New Boss for Speedo USA

Speedo USA in Cypress promoted John Graham to role of president.

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OC Company Buys Las Vegas Expo

San Juan Capistrano-based Emerald Expositions LLC acquired Digital Dealer Conference & Expo from Dealer Communications in Boca Raton, Fla. on undisclosed terms.

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Ranking Shows Automakers’ Climb

The brand value of Kia Motors Corp. and Hyundai Motor Co. is up this year, according to Interbrand’s 17th annual Best Global Brands report

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FAO Schwartz Brand to Irvine Outfit

Irvine-based ThreeSixty Group Inc. acquired the FAO Schwarz brand from Toys ‘R’ Us Inc. in Wayne, N.J on undisclosed terms.

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Hyundai Up, Other Carmakers Lag

Three out of the four Orange County-based automakers fell behind the national sales pace on new-vehicle sales in September, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

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El Pollo Loco Enters Louisiana

El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. in Costa Mesa has signed a franchise development deal with Listo Way Group LLC to enter the Louisiana market.