APPAREL / RETAIL

Apparel Maker Cuts Jobs

St. John Knits International Inc. next month plans to cut 130 jobs at its facility in Irvine, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification it filed with the state Employment Development Department.

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Pieology Gets a President

Pieology Pizzeria in Rancho Santa Margarita named Michael Nolan president.

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ASICS Down in Q1

ASICS America Corp.’s sales in the March quarter declined 5.3%, according to its parent, Japan-based ASICS Corp.

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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.

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Autobytel Exceeds Q1 Forecasts

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Streetwear Apparel Co. Acquired

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

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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.

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