Orange County Business Journal

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OC Auto Sales Up 7.7% in July

Sales of new vehicles at Orange County auto dealers rose 7.7% to 14,011 vehicles in July compared with the same period last year, according to the Newport Beach-based Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

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Western Digital Taps New CFO

Irvine-based memory products maker Western Digital Corp. has named Amgen Inc. executive Olivier Leonetti its next chief financial officer.

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Patent Office Weighs in for Netlist

Shares of Netlist Inc. jumped Monday after the Irvine-based computer memory products maker announced it had prevailed in a long-running patent feud with a competitor in Santa Clara.

Security Firm Grows in Anaheim, SD

Anaheim-based Firstline Security Inc. has expanded its facilities in Orange County and San Diego in line with its fast-growing business.

Wet Seal Sings ‘Fifth Harmony’ in New Campaign

Features Fashions Inspired By Girl Pop Music Group

Look for harmony in Wet Seal Inc.’s upcoming marketing campaign—Fifth Harmony, that is.

New Social Networking Site Aims to Pay It Forward

Allocates $1M to Award Money, Resources to Users

A software entrepreneur in Irvine has launched a social networking site to make users’ dreams become reality through crowdsourcing.

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Billabong Sells Swell.com

Australia-based Billabong International Ltd. said it plans to sell its surf apparel retailer Swell.com in Irvine to a consortium of investors in a spinoff that also includes a 51% sale of SurfStitch, its other e-commerce business.

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CSUF Study: OC Exports to Grow Modestly, $28B by 2015

Orange County exports are expected to grow by nearly 6% this year to reach about $26.2 billion, according to a study by California State University Fullerton’s Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting.

Tasty Brews to Satisfy New Appetites

MANUFACTURING: Rising craft-beer sector part of US trend

Craft beer is briskly bubbling toward the surface of Orange County’s economy as a small but growing sector catering to increasing tastes for locally made food and beverages.

Green Grows OC Pot Sector

Businesses Sprout to Support Burgeoning Industry

The Green Rush has hit Orange County. Several local companies, from packaging makers to grow-kit specialists, are aiming to cash in on the recreational and medicinal marijuana market that’s booming across the country despite a hazy regulatory environment.

Surfwear Brand Makes Fresh Wave in Industry

APPAREL: Sector vet’s startup ‘deep set’ on making its name

Depactus debuted last month at the Agenda trade show in Long Beach, and it appears the San Clemente-based brand focused on young male adventurers has carved a spot for itself in the local surf apparel industry.

Hostile Bid for Allergan Hits Additional Hurdles

HEALTHCARE: 2nd FTC request for info could greatly slow, even kill deal

The hostile takeover attempt for Irvine-based Allergan Inc. by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. is moving into deeper regulatory waters, something likely to add additional months to the battle and that could even scuttle it.

OC Notches Another Billion-Dollar Company

TECHNOLOGY: ViewSonic moves 90 workers from LA

Orange County has reeled in a big fish in the technology industry with the addition of ViewSonic Corp. to its strong corporate base.

Software Maker to Apparel Companies Branches Out

TECHNOLOGY: For growth, adds ‘lite’ product for startups

Innovative Systems LLC grew up with local brands such as Volcom Inc. and Hurley, licensing software to help manage inventory, accounting, warehousing, merchandising and other aspects of the companies’ apparel business.

Phone Case Maker Nets Kate Spade Deal

Incipio Technologies Inc. signed a licensing agreement with fashion designer Kate Spade & Co. in New York.