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Dealer Groups on Automotive News List

Five Orange County auto dealership groups made Automotive News’ list of the top 125 in the country.

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Tilly’s Falls on Weak Outlook

Irvine-based Tilly's Inc. shares fell in after-hours trading Wednesday after the retailer said it expects business to be tough in the current quarter.

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PacSun Shares Jump as Turnaround Continues

Investors sent shares of Anaheim-based Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. up in extended trading Tuesday after the retailer reported continued improvement in its business.

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Slapfish Strikes New Franchise Deal

Huntington Beach-based fast-casual seafood restaurant concept Slapfish inked a new franchise agreement for Southern California.

Sanuk Walks Taller Under Deckers Outdoor

APPAREL: Shoemaker takes wider view on lineup, retail

Sanuk got the comfort thing down 17 years ago with its Fur Real sandal, constructed of indoor-outdoor carpet.

Kia Loads First Full Luxury Sedan With Expectations

AUTOS: Seeks halo effect for whole lineup with new model

Kia Motors America Inc. sees 2014 as the year of the luxury sedan—and the time to push up market perceptions of its brand.


Min Kun Kim, who most recently served as chief executive coordinator at Kia Motors America Inc.’s headquarters in Irvine, was promoted to president and chief executive of Kia Canada Inc.


“Mentorship is one of the single most important gifts you can give to youth, especially those facing adversity,” says Melissa Beck, chief executive of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County.

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Wet Seal Names Three to Expanded Board

Foothill Ranch-based Wet Seal Inc. announced the addition of three board members that signal a push by the teen and contemporary retailer to grow its e-commerce business and social media presence.

Top Minority-Owned Businesses Reach $12.8B in Revenue

ECONOMY: 5.5% increase in sales; 2.2% gain on OC jobs

The biggest minority-owned businesses based in Orange County combined for $12.8 billion in revenue last year, a 5.5% increase from a year earlier.

DJM Hears Skeptics, Gets ‘Aggressive’ on Pacific City

REAL ESTATE: Joins list of OC retail projects in works

DJM Capital Partners Inc. has more than a big hole to fill along Pacific Coast Highway when it comes to its long-awaited Pacific City retail project in Huntington Beach.


Banc of California in Irvine acquired RenovationReady in Greenwood Village, Colo. on undisclosed terms. RenovationReady provides home-renovation lending services. Its president and co-founder, Jim Fraser, will join the bank as senior vice president and director of construction and renovation lending.

Volcom Returns to Silver Screen for Brand Push

In 70 Theaters Around the World, Previewed Online

Volcom Inc. released “True To This,” an original feature film that “captures the energy and artistry of board-riding in its purest forms.”

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Quiksilver Narrows January Quarter Loss, Misses Street Estimates

Huntington Beach-based Quiksilver Inc. narrowed its adjusted loss for the January quarter, and the apparel maker and retailer said it continues to make headway on its turnaround plan.

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BJ’s Jumps on Activist Investor News

Two activist investors are making moves on Huntington Beach-based BJ's Restaurants Inc.