Orange County Business Journal

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OC Automakers Beat U.S. Sales

All four Orange County-based automakers met or exceeded the national sales pace for new vehicles in November, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

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Depactus Co-Founder Steps Down

Bruce Beach, chief executive and president of Depactus, stepped down from active duties at the San Clemente-based apparel company, “to focus on other pursuits.”

Mazda’s Michigan Man

GC Played Key Role as Auto Brand Regained Footing After Ford Split

Shawn Murphy was set on becoming an investment banker until the savings and loan crisis in the late 1980s took his job prospects away.

OC Retailers Bring Head of Steam Into Holiday

The top 33 shopping centers in Orange County notched a sixth straight year of growth in taxable sales, with an overall performance that suggests the local retail scene is hot heading into the crucial year-end holiday season.

Auto Dealer Sales, Makers’ Staff Up

The 40 largest auto dealers in Orange County combined for $5.3 billion in sales for the 12-month period that ended June 30, based on this week’s Business Journal list.

Heading Off Trouble

Goodwin Guides Oakley to Pursue the Best Contracts It Can

David Goodwin used the term “embedded” to describe his position as general counsel for government and military matters at Oakley Inc. in Foothill Ranch.

OC Carmakers Show Their Stuff at LA Auto Show

Beer Bar, Bigger Booths, Other Features Rolled Out

All four Orange County-based automakers had something to present at the Los Angeles Auto Show a couple of weeks ago.

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Cypress Firm Buys Atlanta Sign Maker

Christie Digital Systems USA Inc., a Cypress-based manufacturer of high-definition movie projectors, acquired Allure Global Solutions Inc. in Atlanta on undisclosed terms.

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Sock Maker Opens First Store

Stance Inc. in San Clemente opened its first retail store, in New York’s SoHo district.

Data as Driver

San Clemente Software Company ‘Owns Desktop at Dealership,’ Passes $200M in Revenue

DealerSocket wants to be the for the automotive sector.

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