Orange County Business Journal

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Ups, Downs on May Sales for OC Auto Brands

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

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K-Swiss Buys FV-Based Brands

Fountain Valley-based skate apparel and footwear maker One Distribution has been acquired by K-Swiss Global Brands on undisclosed terms.

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K-Swiss Buys FV-Based Brands

Fountain Valley-based skate apparel and footwear maker One Distribution has been acquired by K-Swiss Global Brands on undisclosed terms.

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Boot Barn to Buy Kansas Retailer

Shares of Boot Barn Holdings Inc. in Irvine rose 10.6% to $27 and a market value of $695 million after it announced an agreement to buy western apparel and footwear retailer Sheplers Inc. for $147 million.

Military-Industrial Progress

Apparel Brand Finds Stuff for Special Forces, First Responders Works for Blue-Collar Guys

David Unter is a numbers man, and the opportunity to join 5.11 Tactical in Irvine as chief financial officer late last year added up on paper.

SwimSpot Gets Permanent Place in Raj Manufacturing’s Roster

RETAIL: Grows from online, pop-ups to brick-and-mortar

SwimSpot Holdings started out five years ago as the retail arm of Tustin-based Raj Manufacturing LLC.

Behr’s New Agency Gets ‘Emotional’ With DIYers

New Ads Target Painters and Their Muses

Paint maker Behr Process Corp. in Santa Ana is counting on a new marketing campaign to help it establish an “emotional connection” with consumers.

Restaurant Chain Sponsors Indy Driver

Wienerschnitzel said it would sponsor race car driver J.R. Hildebrand in the Indianapolis 500.

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Simon to Give Firebrand to Employees

Allan Simon plans to transfer ownership of Firebrand Media LLC to 10 of his longtime employees, according to the Laguna Beach Independent, the company’s flagship publication.

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Boot Barn Up on Sales, Earnings

Boot Barn Holdings Inc. reported increases in revenue and earnings for the fourth quarter and full fiscal 2015, sending its shares up more than 6% to a market value of about $620 million in trading Friday.

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PacSun Shares Down on Q1 Numbers

Shares of Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. were down about 11% in Friday trading to a $110 million market cap as the Anaheim-based apparel retailer reported lower-than-expected revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2015.

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Tilly’s Shares Fall on Mixed Q1

Tilly’s Inc. beat Wall Street expectations on earnings but slipped on revenue in the first quarter of its fiscal 2015, and shares fell more than 23% in Thursday trading.

Restaurant Chain Sponsors Indy Driver

Wienerschnitzel said it would sponsor race car driver J.R. Hildebrand in the Indianapolis 500.

SwimSpot Gets Permanent Place in Raj Manufacturing’s Roster

RETAIL: Grows from online, pop-ups to brick-and-mortar

SwimSpot Holdings started out five years ago as the retail arm of Tustin-based Raj Manufacturing LLC. These days the subsidiary serves as the swimsuit maker’s eyes and ears, collecting data on customers’ preferences and shopping habits.

Behr’s New Agency Gets ‘Emotional’ With DIYers

New Ads Target Painters and Their Muses

Paint maker Behr Process Corp. in Santa Ana is counting on a new marketing campaign to help it establish an “emotional connection” with consumers.

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Autobytel Buys Competitor

Autobytel Inc. shares were up about 30% to a market value of $185 million after the Irvine-based automotive marketing company said it acquired Dealix Corp. from CDK Global Inc. in Hoffman Estates, Ill. for $25 million.

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Hot Dog Chain Sponsors Indy Racer

Wienerschnitzel said it will sponsor race car driver J.R. Hildebrand in Sunday's Indianapolis 500.

Vans’ Ad Push Aims to Broaden Millennial Base

MARKETING: Campaign set for back-to-school, holidays

Vans Inc.’s upcoming marketing campaign aims to highlight its array of footwear and apparel in an effort to grow the brand beyond its skate roots and appeal to a wider youth segment.

Printer Company Bought by Dallas Firm

Fontis Solutions in Irvine has been acquired by Dallas-based franchisor Safeguard Business Systems.

Theme Parks Get Online Boosts from Newspaper

Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Sites Register Offshoots

Thinking of a trip to Disneyland or Knott’s Berry Farm this summer?

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Ad Firm Takes Stake in OC Company

Dentsu Inc. said it acquired a 33% stake in Laguna Hills-based Athletes First LLC to help the athlete management agency expand its business in the U.S. and internationally.

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OC Auto Sales Up in April

Orange County auto dealers sold 14,888 vehicles in April, an 8.1% increase from the same period last year, according to the Newport Beach-based Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

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Tesla to Open Buena Park Location

Tesla Motors Inc. plans to open a showroom and a service center in Buena Park this summer, its second in Orange County.

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Irvine Commercial Printer Sold

Fontis Solutions in Irvine has been acquired by Dallas-based franchisor Safeguard Business Systems.

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Irvine Commercial Printer Sold

Fontis Solutions in Irvine has been acquired by Dallas-based franchisor Safeguard Business Systems.

New Sanuk Ads Aim to Make It an ‘Always’ Brand

Company Builds on ‘Never Uncomfortable’ Campaign

Sanuk USA LLC launched a global marketing campaign last week, “Always…Sanuk,” aimed at “expanding the brand philosophy” to new consumers while “strengthening” its bond with core audiences.

Henry’s Hand in Chanel’s New Look at South Coast

RETAIL: Late leader of center ensured room for renovation

The influence of the late Henry Segerstrom carried on last month as well-heeled guests rubbed shoulders at Chanel Inc.’s expanded and renovated boutique in the Nordstrom wing of South Coast Plaza.

Indian Grocer to Open in Irvine Center

Indian grocery chain Namaste Plaza signed a lease for a 6,700-square-foot store on the Irvine side of The Market Place that’s scheduled to open near Target in October.

North OC Price Check: Buena Park Shopping Center Seeks Buyer

RETAIL: 535,016 SF on block; Wal-Mart, Sears not part of deal

Coventry Real Estate Advisors in New York has put its portion of Buena Park Downtown on the market, seeking a deal that could reach $100 million.

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OC Dealers Among First to Sell Toyota Hydrogen Car

Toyota Motor Corp. selected two Orange County dealerships—Toyota of Orange and Tustin Toyota—to be among the first eight in the U.S. selling its new Mirai hydrogen vehicle.

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Tribune in Deal for SD Paper

Chicago-based Tribune Publishing Co., the parent of the Los Angeles Times, said it entered into agreement to buy U-T San Diego for $85 million in a cash-and-stock deal.

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Lush Cosmetics Opens at MV Mall

Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics is opening a store at The Shops at Mission Viejo on Friday, its 32nd retail location in the state and 229th nationwide.

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OC Dealerships Among First to Sell Toyota Hydrogen Car

Toyota Motor Corp. selected two Orange County dealerships—Toyota of Orange and Tustin Toyota—to be among the first eight in the U.S. selling its new Mirai hydrogen vehicle.

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Tribune to Buy SD Paper

Chicago-based Tribune Publishing Co., the parent of the Los Angeles Times, said it entered into agreement to buy U-T San Diego for $85 million in a cash-and-stock deal.

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Lush Cosmetics Opens at MV Mall

Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics is opening a store at The Shops at Mission Viejo on Friday, its 32nd retail location in the state and 229th nationwide.

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Indian Grocer to Open at Market Place

Indian grocery chain Namaste Plaza has signed a lease for a 6,700-square-foot store on the Irvine side of The Market Place.

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Too Faced to Estée Lauder?

Estée Lauder Cos. has surfaced among the bidders for Too Faced Cosmetics LLC in Irvine, according to Women’s Wear Daily.

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Too Faced to Estée Lauder?

Estée Lauder Cos. has surfaced among the bidders for Too Faced Cosmetics LLC in Irvine, according to Women’s Wear Daily.

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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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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.

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.”

Unearthed Sizzler Ad Sizzles in Surprise Online Turn

1991 Infomercial Gets 1.8M+ YouTube Views

Sizzler USA Inc. in Mission Viejo is cleverly paddling through a wave of unexpected publicity spurred by a dated commercial that crossed the radar of an Esquire magazine journalist.

Oakley Chooses Raj to Make Swimwear

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

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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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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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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.”

Kia Teams With Yahoo for Sorento ‘Getaway’ Ads

Videos Coax Viewers To Take Vehicle on Adventures

Kia Motors America Inc. selected Yahoo Inc. as a digital partner to deliver the latest ads for the 2016 Sorento CUV.

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