Orange County Business Journal

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Tilly’s Shares Fall on Mixed Q1

Tilly’s Inc. beat Wall Street expectations on earnings but slipped on revenue in the first quarter of its fiscal 2015, and shares fell more than 23% in Thursday trading.

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Autobytel Buys Competitor

Autobytel Inc. shares were up about 30% to a market value of $185 million after the Irvine-based automotive marketing company said it acquired Dealix Corp. from CDK Global Inc. in Hoffman Estates, Ill. for $25 million.

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El Pollo Loco Sets Dallas Plan

El Pollo Loco said it plans at least 20 restaurants for a previously announced expansion into Dallas, to include seven franchised by an affiliate of local family office, Henry Investment Group.

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Hot Dog Chain Sponsors Indy Racer

Wienerschnitzel said it will sponsor race car driver J.R. Hildebrand in Sunday's Indianapolis 500.

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OC Auto Sales Up in April

Orange County auto dealers sold 14,888 vehicles in April, an 8.1% increase from the same period last year, according to the Newport Beach-based Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

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El Pollo Loco Down on Comps, Guidance

Shares in Costa Mesa-based El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. fell about 11% in after-hours trading as same store sales growth slowed and the fast food chicken chain offered tepid full-year earnings guidance.

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Tesla to Open Buena Park Location

Tesla Motors Inc. plans to open a showroom and a service center in Buena Park this summer, its second in Orange County.

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Asset Manager Takes Habit Stake

New York City-based asset management firm AllianceBernstein LP disclosed in a regulatory filing a 12.7% stake in Irvine-based Habit Restaurants Inc.

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Del Taco Revenue, Income, Buyer's Shares Up

Shares in the company that plans to buy Lake Forest-based Del Taco Holdings Inc. rose about 5% in early trading today as the Mexican-themed fast food chain reported first quarter earnings up about 33% on revenue up about 9%, compared with the same period last year.

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OC Dealers Among First to Sell Toyota Hydrogen Car

Toyota Motor Corp. selected two Orange County dealerships—Toyota of Orange and Tustin Toyota—to be among the first eight in the U.S. selling its new Mirai hydrogen vehicle.

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Lush Cosmetics Opens at MV Mall

Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics is opening a store at The Shops at Mission Viejo on Friday, its 32nd retail location in the state and 229th nationwide.

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Indian Grocer to Open at Market Place

Indian grocery chain Namaste Plaza has signed a lease for a 6,700-square-foot store on the Irvine side of The Market Place.

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Too Faced to Estée Lauder?

Estée Lauder Cos. has surfaced among the bidders for Too Faced Cosmetics LLC in Irvine, according to Women’s Wear Daily.

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Too Faced to Estée Lauder?

Estée Lauder Cos. has surfaced among the bidders for Too Faced Cosmetics LLC in Irvine, according to Women’s Wear Daily.

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iPourIt Gets $350K, Dog Haus

Lake Forest-based iPourIt Inc. said its self-serve beer dispensing system would be in two Dog Haus restaurants in Orange County, and that it closed on an additional $350,000, after a $1 million angel investment from January.