Orange County Business Journal

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 rose 0.01% to 1,883.90 in afternoon trading Friday.

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BJ's Business Gets Back on Track

Huntington Beach-based BJ's Restaurants Inc. started its fiscal year off with improvements, an uptick that started in the second half of the quarter ended April 1.

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Automakers See Strong April

Orange County automakers notched April gains across the board.

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Automakers See Strong April

Orange County automakers notched April gains across the board.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 rose 0.14% to 1,886.60 in afternoon trading Thursday.

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Creed Named Taco Bell Parent's Next CEO

The head of Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp. was tapped to be chief executive of the fast-food chain's parent.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 rose 0.15% to 1,881.17 in afternoon trading Wednesday.

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Retail Roundup: Zov's Set for Anaheim, Taps Founder Busy

Tustin-based Zov’s is set to open a 4,000-square-foot-restaurant in Anaheim this summer.

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JWA Gets PreCheck Application Center

An application center for an expedited screening program at John Wayne Airport has opened in Terminal C.

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JWA Gets PreCheck Application Center

An application center for an expedited screening program at John Wayne Airport has opened in Terminal C.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 rose 0.49% to 1,878.64 in afternoon trading Tuesday.

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Former Allergan Exec to Alphaeon

Newport Beach lifestyle healthcare startup Alphaeon Corp. said it named Bob Rhatigan chief operating officer.

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Del Taco Refinances $260M in Debt

Lake Forest-based fast food chain Del Taco Holdings Inc. said on Tuesday that it refinanced about $260 million in debt in exchange for a lower interest rate.

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Toyota's Design, Racing Units to Stay Local

Two local units of Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. are expected to stay in Orange County following the automaker's announcement Monday that it will move its headquarters from Torrance to Texas.

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Toyota's Design, Racing Units to Stay Local

Two local units of Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. are expected to stay in Orange County following the automaker's announcement Monday that it will move its headquarters from Torrance to Texas.

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Former Allergan Exec to Alphaeon

Newport Beach lifestyle healthcare startup Alphaeon Corp. said it named Bob Rhatigan chief operating officer.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 fell 0.04% to 1,862.62 in afternoon trading Monday.

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Sanuk Efforts to Broaden Customer Base Continue

Irvine-based footwear maker Sanuk’s international sales slowed for the quarter ended in March, leading to a slight decline in overall sales.

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Vans Leads for Parent in Q1

Cypress-based skate shoe and apparel company Vans Inc. was the top performer for its parent in the first quarter.

Another Push for Profitability

Wet Seal Set to Pull Plug on Arden B Chain

Kathy Bronstein might be Wet Seal Inc.’s biggest cheerleader—despite walking away from the teen retailer’s board just a few weeks ago.

Taco Bell Aims Here, There and Higher for $14B Benchmark

RESTAURANTS: Doubling revenue is ‘Bold Goal’ under new structure

It will take a lot of tacos—even with the newfangled breakfast Waffle Taco—to add billions in sales under Taco Bell Corp.’s “Bold Goal” of doubling revenue to upward of $14 billion over the next decade.

BJ’s Makes Deal With Activist Investors

Huntington Beach-based casual dining operator BJ’s Restaurants Inc. struck a deal with two activist investors that includes three board nominees, one new director’s seat, and a $50 million share repurchase program.

Laguna Hills Mall Redo Likely to Change

Merlone Geier Partners is going back to the drawing board with its redevelopment plans for Laguna Hills Mall, now that it acquired rights to the space currently occupied by Sears.

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Vans Leads for Parent in Q1

Cypress-based skate shoe and apparel company Vans Inc. was the top performer for its parent in the first quarter.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 fell 0.70% to 1,865.55 in afternoon trading Friday.

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Wet Seal to Shutter Arden B

Foothill Ranch-based fashion retailer Wet Seal Inc. said Friday it plans to begin a process that will eventually close its contemporary Arden B division and allow it to put more resources into a turnaround bid for its larger namesake chain.

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Volcom Business Up, Sees Strength in Europe

Costa Mesa-based Volcom Inc.’s business gained momentum during the first quarter.

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Volcom Business Up, Sees Strength in Europe

Costa Mesa-based Volcom Inc.’s business gained momentum during the first quarter.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 rose 0.28% to 1,880.66 in afternoon trading Thursday.

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JWA Overall Traffic Up, International Down

John Wayne Airport served 776,360 passengers in March, up about 1% from the year-ago period.

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Laguna Hills Mall Owner to Redo Redevelopment Plans

Merlone Geier Partners is going back to the drawing board with its redevelopment plans for the Laguna Hills Mall now that it has acquired rights to the space currently occupied by Sears.

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Preferred Hotel Grows Membership in Q1

Preferred Hotel Group ended the first quarter with the addition of 29 hotels to its membership roster.

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Laguna Hills Mall Owner to Redo Redevelopment Plans

Merlone Geier Partners is going back to the drawing board with its redevelopment plans for the Laguna Hills Mall now that it has acquired rights to the space currently occupied by Sears.

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JWA Overall Traffic Up, International Down

John Wayne Airport served 776,360 passengers in March, up about 1% from the year-ago period.

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Preferred Hotel Grows Membership in Q1

Preferred Hotel Group ended the first quarter with the addition of 29 hotels to its membership roster.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 fell 0.12% to 1,877.28 in afternoon trading Wednesday.

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Taco Bell Q1 Sales Flat

Sales for Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp. were flat for the quarter ended March 22.

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Taco Bell Q1 Sales Flat

Sales for Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp. were flat for the quarter ended March 22.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 rose 0.64% to 1,883.86 in afternoon trading Tuesday.

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BJ's Strikes Deal With Activist Investors

Huntington Beach-based casual dining operator BJ's Restaurants Inc. said Tuesday it struck a deal with two activist investors that includes three new board nominees, one new director’s seat, and a $50 million share repurchase program.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 rose 0.25% to 1,869.57 in afternoon trading Monday.

Vans’ Action Man

Bailey to Run 3 VF Brands as Part of Newly Formed Group

Action sports might be the equivalent of a four-letter word for some apparel brands these days as everything from music and street influences encroach on the segment’s traditional territory.

Sonata Will Have In-Car Apple System

Fountain Valley-based Hyundai Motor America Inc. said its 2015 model Sonata sedan will feature Apple Inc.’s new in-car system.

Rakuten Brand on New Credit Card

The parent of Aliso Viejo-based e-commerce company Rakuten.com Shopping launched a credit card for its U.S. subsidiary.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The markets are closed today in observance of Good Friday.

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Fisker Appoints Interim President

Costa Mesa-based Fisker Automotive Inc. named Roger Brown interim president of the luxury hybrid automaker.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 rose 0.33% to 1,868.39 in afternoon trading Thursday.

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Redesigned Kia Sedona Debuts

Irvine-based Kia Motors America Inc. unveiled its redesigned Sedona minivan this week at the New York International Auto Show.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 rose 0.62% to 1,854.33 in afternoon trading Wednesday.

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Apparel Maker Inks Deal for China Factory

Lake Forest-based private label apparel maker 3D Industries said it partnered with a new factory in China.