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OC Auto Sales Up 6.6% in January

Sales at Orange County auto dealers increased 6.6% in January to 15,062 vehicles, according to Newport Beach-based Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

New Hands on OC Brands

New Yorker Approaches Pair of Labels Pragmatically

J Fin Group believes in the little guy: smallish brands with solid designs and loyal followings that just need some help on the backend.

Names New President for Kawasaki Motors

Irvine-based Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA named Masafumi Nakagawa president, effective April 1.

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A bankruptcy judge approved Wanxiang America Corp.’s $149.2 million bid for the sale of Costa Mesa-based Fisker Automotive Inc. The offer by Wanxiang, part of China-based auto parts company Wanxiang Group Corp., beat Fisker’s senior secured lender, Hybrid Tech Holdings LLC, in the auction. Hybrid Tech is affiliated with Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li.

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M-Flex to Close China Factory, R&D in U.K.

Irvine-based printed circuit board maker Multi-Fineline Electronix Inc. will consolidate its factories in China and close a research and development center in the U.K. as part of a restructuring plan intended to return the company to profitability.

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Volcom, Electric Improvements in Second Half of 2013

The parent of Costa Mesa-based apparel maker Volcom Inc. and San Clemente accessories company Electric said Friday that both brands have shown signs of improvement in the second half of last year as new strategic initiatives took hold.

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Billabong Narrows Loss, Updates Market on Turnaround

The parent of Irvine-based Billabong USA saw its fourth consecutive half-year loss.

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HB, Tustin Dealers Awarded ‘Mazda Gold Cup’

Huntington Beach Mazda and Tustin Mazda were among 16 dealerships in the state to receive the 2014 Mazda Gold Cup award.

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Kawasaki Names Local President

Irvine-based Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA said it named Masafumi Nakagawa president.

QLogic to Buy Some Broadcom Assets

QLogic Corp. has entered a deal with Broadcom Corp. to acquire certain Ethernet assets and non-exclusive licenses related to the technology for $147 million cash, the Aliso-Viejo company announced after the close of trading Tuesday.

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Fisker Sale Approved

A bankruptcy judge approved the sale of Costa Mesa-based Fisker Automotive Inc. Tuesday.

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Mobilitie Lands Deal in St. Louis

Newport Beach-based Mobilitie LLC has landed another high-profile deal to outfit the home of the St. Louis Rams football franchise with wireless infrastructure.

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Fisker to Sell for $149.2M

Wanxiang America Corp.'s $149.2 million bid came out on top in an auction of bankrupt Costa Mesa-based luxury hybrid automaker Fisker Automotive Inc.'s assets, according to a court document filed Friday.

Broadcom Aims for Qualcomm Stronghold

TECHNOLOGY: Set to debut chips for 4G in Samsung phone

Broadcom Corp.’s long-awaited push into the developing LTE smartphone market is under way.

Kiani’s Patient Safety Bid Gains Look of Movement

HEALTHCARE: More companies, hospitals join Masimo-led initiative

More companies and hospitals are being drawn to the patient safety movement spearheaded by the chief executive of Irvine-based patient monitor maker Masimo Corp.