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El Pollo Loco Up on Q4 Results

Shares in Costa Mesa-based El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. are up about 14% in midday trading to a market cap of $1 billion on positive quarterly and annual numbers delivered after markets closed yesterday.

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Chicago Buyer for Del Taco

Chicago-based blank check company Levy Acquisition Corp. plans to buy Lake Forest-based Del Taco Holdings Inc. in a deal that values Del Taco at about $500 million, according to Levy.

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Peri, Olloclip Part of Amazon Launch

At least two Orange County consumer electronics makers will get prime positioning on Amazon.com Inc.’s new marketplace launched today.

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Habit Shares Down After Q4 Report

Shares in Irvine-based Habit Restaurants Inc. declined in midday trading Wednesday after its most recent quarterly reported showed earnings had declined compared to the same period last year.

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Johnny Rockets in Executive Shift

Aliso Viejo-based Johnny Rockets named Charles Bruce president and chief executive, the second such senior executive-level move in the past month.

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iPourIt Plans to Add Beer Machines

Lake Forest-based iPourIt plans to supply beer vending machines from Alpharetta, Ga.-based Plug in & Pour with its brew-dispensing hardware.

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Fox Head Names CEO

Fox Head Inc. appointed Paul Harrington its new chief executive and director.

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Volcom Names Ex-Quiksilver Executive CFO

Costa Mesa-based Volcom Inc. hired Brad Holman as its new chief financial officer.

Mazda’s Latest Marketing Course: SXSW

Executives of Irvine-based Mazda North American Operations will aim to keep their minds open as they gauge the brand’s first year as the official automotive sponsor of the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas, also known as SXSW.

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Bike Products Maker to Irvine

SureStop moved its headquarters to Irvine from Palo Alto and named consultant Al Nordin its chief executive, according to a news report.

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Advantage Sales Buys Canada Firm

Advantage Sales and Marketing LLC in Irvine said it acquired The Linkage Group Inc.

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Juice Retailer Plans to Merge

Irvine-based Ritual Wellness Inc. said it would merge with San Francisco-based Project Juice under the latter’s name.

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Socks Company Raises $50M

Stance Inc. in San Clemente raised $50 million from private investors to expand into underwear and open brand stores, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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SJC Company Buys Tradeshows, Magazines

Emerald Expositions LLC in San Juan Capistrano acquired several tradeshows from New York-based Vendome Group LLC and Macfadden Communications Group LLC.

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OC-Based Auto Brands Beat National Sales Pace

All four Orange County-based automakers beat the national pace of sales of new vehicles in February, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.