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Mechanics Taps New Auto Chief

Mechanics Bank in Walnut Creek, Calif., named Bill Katafias chief executive of its Irvine-based CRB Auto division.

By Peter J. Brennan May 8, 2017 11:59 a.m. share »
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Autobytel Exceeds Q1 Forecasts

Autobytel Inc. reported March quarter revenue and adjusted profits that beat Wall Street expectations.

By Mediha DiMartino May 4, 2017 4:34 p.m. share »
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Advantage Solutions Files for IPO

Irvine’s Advantage Solutions Inc., a provider of sales, marketing, merchandising and digital technology services for packaged goods manufacturers and retailers, has filed plans for an initial public offering.

May 4, 2017 4:13 p.m. share »
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El Pollo Loco Q1 Mixed

El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. in Costa Mesa earned net income of about $5 million on revenue of about $100 million in its first quarter.

By Paul Hughes May 4, 2017 2:04 p.m. share »
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Del Taco Up In Q1

Del Taco Restaurants Inc. in Lake Forest earned net income of about $4 million on revenue of $105 million in the first quarter, compared with the same period last year.

By Paul Hughes May 4, 2017 2 p.m. share »
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Coffee Co. Taps Two

Retail Food Group USA in Santa Fe Springs has brought on two executives to boost its wholesale and retail coffee businesses.

By Paul Hughes May 4, 2017 11:27 a.m. share »
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Hybrid Apparel Adds Brand

Hybrid Apparel in Cypress launched Love Tribe brand, a Disney princess-themed line of clothing for young women that’s available only at Macy’s department stores.

By Mediha DiMartino May 4, 2017 10:37 a.m. share »
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Taco Bell Profit Up 19%

Core operating profit at Taco Bell Corp. in Irvine grew 19% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2017, topping the 9% overall growth at parent company Yum Brands Inc.

By Paul Hughes May 3, 2017 3:46 p.m. share »
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Habit Q1 Numbers Up

Habit Restaurants Inc. in Irvine said revenue, net income and same-store sales rose in the first quarter, compared with the same period a year ago.

By Paul Hughes May 3, 2017 3:30 p.m. share »
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April Auto Sales Mixed

Three of the four largest Orange County-based automakers trailed the national sales pace for new vehicles in April, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

By Mediha DiMartino May 2, 2017 5:33 p.m. share »
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Streetwear Apparel Co. Acquired

Lifted Research Group Inc. was bought by Mad Engine LLC in San Diego on undisclosed terms.

By Mediha DiMartino April 25, 2017 4:29 p.m. share »
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Volcom Sales Down

Costa Mesa-based Volcom Inc. posted $60.1 million in revenue in the first quarter, a 3.5% decrease from the prior year period, according to Kering S.A., its Paris-based parent.

By Mediha DiMartino April 25, 2017 4:07 p.m. share »
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Del Taco Wants Tennessee Again

Del Taco Restaurants Inc. signed a franchisee to open seven units in Tennessee, a return to that market for the fast food chain, and in Georgia, where Del Taco has recently announced new franchise deals.

By Paul Hughes April 25, 2017 3:48 p.m. share »
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Mazda Hires CMO

Irvine-based Mazda North American Operations hired Dino Bernacchi as its chief marketing officer, a new position.

By Mediha DiMartino April 20, 2017 9:02 a.m. share »
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Zhang to Launch Nonprofit

Pick Up Stix founder Charles Zhang created the non-profit O.C. Music & Dance to provide top quality musical arts education and training for children, regardless of their family’s ability to pay, Zhang said.

By Deirdre Newman April 18, 2017 1:11 p.m. share »