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Blizzard Posts Big Subscription Drop

Irvine-based video game maker Blizzard Entertainment Inc. reported a big loss of online subscribers for its flagship World of Warcraft franchise that led to a steep drop in first-quarter revenue and operating profits.

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Ingram Micro Q1 Mixed

Santa Ana-based Ingram Micro Inc. after the close of trading today reported first-quarter revenue that just beat Wall Street expectations, and adjusted profits that narrowly missed estimates.

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Fisker Launches Customer Support Website

Fisker Automotive and Technologies Group LLC has launched a new customer support website for owners of its Karma luxury sports cars.

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Two OC Carmakers Best National Pace

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

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Vans, Parent Revenue Up in Q1

Vans Inc. revenue was up 8% for the first quarter ended April 4, according to its parent, Greenboro, N.C.-based VF Corp., whose revenue also rose.

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OCVA in China Travel Site Deal

The Orange County Visitors Association said it would launch a presence this month on Ctrip, a Chinese travel and tourism website.

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American Vanguard Buys Herbicide Unit from DuPont

American Vanguard Corp., a Newport Beach-based maker of agricultural chemicals, has through its Netherlands-based international subsidiary, acquired the assets of an herbicide business from E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co.

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Oakley Taps Raj in Swimwear Deal

Oakley Inc. selected Raj Manufacturing LLC in Tustin to develop, manufacture and distribute its women’s swimwear worldwide.

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Kaiser Aluminum Has Mixed Q1

Kaiser Aluminum Corp. beat Wall Street’s revenue outlook for the first quarter but fell short on earnings projections.

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Western Digital Just Misses Forecasts

Irvine-based storage products maker Western Digital Corp. after the close of intraday trading Tuesday reported March revenue and adjusted profits that narrowly missed Wall Street expectations.

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Device Maker Gets $26M Loan

Irvine-based startup Lombard Medical Inc. said today it received a $26 million loan facility from a financier.

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Stance Socks Score NBA Deal

San Clemente-based Stance Inc. has signed a licensing agreement to become the official sock brand for the National Basketball Association.

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Mitsubishi Motors Taps Ally on Finance

Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. in Cypress said it will fold its in-house financing arm, Mitsubishi Motors Credit of America Inc., and rely on Detroit-based Ally Financial Inc. as its “preferred financing source.”

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Edwards Posts Profit

Irvine-based Edwards Lifesciences Corp. reported a profit of $123.4 million, more than double the total for the same period a year ago.

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SJC Startup Lands GE Investment

San Juan Capistrano-based software maker PingThings Inc. has received a venture capital investment from GE Ventures, the venture capital arm of General Electric, and Frost Data Capital.