APPAREL / RETAIL

Cryoport Soared to Best-Performing Stock of Bunch

FINANCE: Netlist was worst performer in TTM

Now the envelopes for the five best- and five worst-performing stocks during the year ended March 29:

Kia COO Exits

Kia Motors America Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President Michael Sprague will leave his post, effective April 17.

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Nekter to Add Two States

Nekter Juice Bar Inc. in Santa Ana will open franchised locations in Ohio and Minnesota this summer, new markets for the healthful food and juice bar chain.

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Mitsubishi COO Retires

Don Swearingen, Mitsubishi Motors North America executive vice president and chief operating officer, announced his retirement on Monday.

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SeneGence Gets CTO

Gregg Beall was named chief technology officer, a newly created role, of Foothills Ranch-based skincare and cosmetics company SeneGence International on Monday.

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Unemployment Falls to 3.1%

Orange County’s unadjusted unemployment rate fell to 3.1% in February, compared with a revised 3.2% in January but well below the 3.8% reported a year earlier, according to the state’s Employment Development Department.

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Del Taco Operator to Triple Michigan Sites

Del Taco Restaurants Inc. in Lake Forest said franchisee Team Schostak Family Restaurants will open 12 locations in the Detroit market; it currently runs five in Michigan, with a sixth in development.

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Screen Printer to Close, Sell 100,000 SF in Brea

Absolute Screenprint Inc. in Brea will lay off 170 people effective March 31, a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) filed with the California Economic Development Dept. said, and its 100,000 square foot building is on the market for $16.3 million.

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El Pollo Loco Opens in Cajun Country

El Pollo Loco (Nasdaq: LOCO) opened a restaurant in Lafayette, Louisiana, a new market and the first of a two-location franchise deal with Listo Way LLC.

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Candy Man Wants Crack At Toys

Ellia Kassoff, candy maker to legacy cookie and candy lovers, said on LinkedIn that in the wake of the Toys ‘R’ Us demise, he’ll resurrect decade-dead brand KB Toys.

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Habit Chief Marketer Departs

Habit Restaurants Inc. Chief Marketing Officer Matt Hood plans to leave the fast-casual burger chain for another job, the company said.

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Del Taco Down on Results

Shares in Del Taco Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: TACO) in Lake Forest fell about 10% in Thursday trading following yesterday's release of its fourth quarter and full-year results.

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Juice It Up Sold

Juice It Up was sold to SJB Brands LLC, a partnership of three investors: Dover Shores Capital LLC, Britt Private Capital LLC and Jupiter Holdings LLC.

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Earnings, Revenue Miss at AutoWeb; CEO, CFO Exit

Jeffrey Coats will leave his post as president and chief executive of Irvine-based AutoWeb Inc., formerly Autobytel, as the company missed analyst expectations on earnings and revenue in its most recent quarter.

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El Pollo Loco Revenue Up

El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: LOCO) in Costa Mesa earned 11 cents a share in its most recent quarter on revenue of $95.2 million, up 3%; analysts expected earnings of 10 cents a share.

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