Paul Hughes

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 rose 0.3% in midday trading to 2,857.76.

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Midday Stock Roundup

Indexes were up at midday on company earnings; shares of Walmart Inc. shot up almost 10% after the retailer released its second quarter report.

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Disney Suspends Hotel Project

Walt Disney Co. has stopped work on its fourth hotel near Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, the company said.

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Midday Stock Roundup

Major indexes were down at midday on trade tensions.

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NAMM, NAPEW Re-Up in Anaheim

Visit Anaheim said OC's two largest tradeshows by attendance—National Association of Music Merchants and Natural Products Expo West—have booked their slots at Anaheim Convention Center through 2023 and 2022, respectively.

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Photo Prints E-commerce Co. Buys Again

Huntington Beach-based MailPix Inc. bought PrintShopLab, the printing unit of Denver-based Photobucket Corp., on undisclosed terms.

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Older Hotels Join Resort-Area Refresh

Those Built in Disney’s Early Days Get 21st Century Updos

When Bill O’Connell entered the hotel business in Anaheim 50 years ago, “Disneyland was closed on Mondays and Tuesdays” for cleaning and repairs.

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Montage Top-20 Global Brand

Irvine-based Montage International’s luxe resort unit, Montage Hotels & Resorts, is the 14th-best resort brand in the world, according to readers of Travel & Leisure magazine.

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Q&A

We launched a Draft Nitro program in late 2017 that features full draft beer and nitro coffee programs for groups.

Good Sportsmanship: Irvine Ups Old-School ‘Gaming’

DMO Hiring; Great Park Supports Athletic Events

Destination Irvine and area hotels are courting more sports-related meetings and events as facilities at the city’s Great Park continue to open.

Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was down 0.8% in midday trading to 2,831.49.

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Cannabis Company Grows Revenue, Margins

Terra Tech Corp. (OTC: TRTC) said quarterly revenue increased 11% to $8.7 million, year-over-year, but net loss also increased, to $11.4 million from $500,000.

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Hotel Sales Down 50% YTD

Eight hotels with 955 rooms sold in Orange County through the first six months of the year, compared to 16 hotels with 1,803 rooms, year-over-year, according to Atlas Hospitality Group in Irvine.

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Lazy Dog Adds Georgia

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar will open a location in Georgia next spring, a new market for the Huntington Beach-based casual dining chain.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was flat in midday trading at 2,858.33.

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Disney Parks Tops in Growth

Year-over-year Walt Disney Co. parks and resorts’ operating income rose 15% to $1.34 billion in the most recent quarter on a 6% revenue bump to $5.2 billion. The income growth was the highest of the entertainment company’s four divisions, and the revenue increase was second-highest.

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5 Restaurant Chains in Top 50

Five quick service restaurant chains based in Orange County—or soon to be—made trade magazine QSR’s list of the 50 largest such companies in the U.S., ranked by 2017 systemwide sales.

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El Pollo Loco $8.8M Judgment Confirmed

Costa Mesa-based El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. must pay $8.8 million to franchisees who sued the fast food chicken chain when it opened corporate stores near their location, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge said.

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Poké Chain Gets Japan-Based Investment

Pokéworks in Irvine said it received an investment from Toridoll Holdings Corp. in Japan.

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AVD Up But Misses on Revenue

Newport Beach-based chemicals maker American Vanguard Corp. earned $5.6 million in quarterly net income, up from $4.3 million year-over-year, on revenue of $107 million, up from $78 million.

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PHG Names CFO

Pacific Hospitality Group named Melanie Bucci chief financial officer;. She was most recently vice president of finance at Montage International for about eight years; both are hotel management companies based in Irvine.

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Real Mex Files BK; To Sell

Holding companies that own chains run under Real Mex Restaurants Inc. have filed for bankruptcy and will sell to an affiliate of New York-based private equity firm Z Capital Group LLC, which along with Santa Monica-based Tennebaum Capital Partners will provide $5.5 million in debtor-in-possession financing during the Chapter 11 process.

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3 OC Hospitals in DOJ Settlement

Ontario-based Prime Healthcare Services Inc. and its chief executive have agreed to pay $65 million to settle federal allegations of Medicare overbilling at 14 California Hospitals, including four in Orange County, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Aug. 3.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.3% in midday trading to 2,834.55.

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Taco Bell Quarter Mixed

Taco Bell Corp. in Irvine reported lower quarterly operating profit on higher systemwide sales, with same-store sales up, but below expectations and less than the same period a year ago.

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Next Stop on Taco Bell’s World Tour: Bangkok

FRANCHISING: Master plan’s eyes on India, Aussie

Taco Bell Corp. is on track to top $10 billion in systemwide sales this year, and unlike Bogie and Bacall, it doesn’t even have Paris—yet.

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Loco Revenue Flat, Income Down

El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. said quarterly revenue increased less than 1% to $106 million and net income fell by a third, to $5.1 million, compared with the same period last year.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.4% in midday trading to 2,825.31.

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Potbelly’s 4 in OC, Finally

Potbelly Corp. looks to finally open in OC with four franchised locations, starting with one in Irvine, early next year.

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OC Hotels’ YTD Strong

The local hotel market continued strong in the first six months of the year, compared with the same period last year, with average daily rates of $194; revenue per available room about $156, and occupancy of more than 80%.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was down 0.1% in midday trading to 2,812.69.

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Hospitality Platform Names CEO

BirchStreet Systems Inc. in Newport Beach promoted Stephen Markle to chief executive, succeeding founder Sushil Garg.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was down 0.6% in midday trading to 2,819.52.

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BJ’s Up

BJ’s Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: BJRI) in Huntington Beach reported net income of $16.9 million, up 76% year-over-year, on revenue of $287.6 million, up 8%, in its most recent quarter.

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Del Taco Quarter Mixed

Del Taco Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: TACO) reported $4.2 million in net income, down 20% year-over-year, on $117.8 million in revenue, up 8.5%, in its most recent quarter.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was down 0.3% in midday trading to 2,838.57.

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John Wayne Up 5% in June

John Wayne Airport passenger traffic in June rose about 5% to 950,000, compared with the same month last year; year-to-date traffic was 5.24 million.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.3% in midday trading to 2,829.28.

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Long Beach Air Traffic Up 12%

About 350,000 passengers moved through Long Beach Airport in June, up 12% compared with the same month last year.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.4% in midday trading to 2,816.79.

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OC Hotel Development Steady; More to Come

Three new Orange County hotels with 445 rooms opened in the first half of 2018, according to data from Irvine hotel broker-consultant Atlas Hospitality Group.

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Pizza Franchise Developer Ready

Mountain Mike’s Pizza LLC in Newport Beach said Robofran Development LLC expects to sell 40 franchises over the next 10 years as an area developer in Riverside and parts of San Bernardino Counties.

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Chicken Franchise Adds 3 in OC

City of Industry-based Yang Ming Yu Braised Chicken USA Group plans three franchised locations of Yang’s Braised Chicken Rice in OC, following its first store in the U.S., a corporate location that opened in Tustin in September.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was down 0.2% in midday trading to 2,809.83.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.2% in midday trading to 2,813.86.

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Taco Bell Goes Big Overseas

Taco Bell Corp. in Irvine signed current franchisees in Spain and Brazil to add 40 locations a year between the two countries over the next decade.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.4% in midday trading to 2,810.26.

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Galaxy’s Edge Not So Far Away

Patents Point to Parent’s 2019 Pledge

A slew of U.S. patents issued over the last 10 weeks to Disney Enterprises Inc. give expression to experiences planned for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the new 14-acre “land” at Disneyland Resort that Walt Disney Co. plans to open by next summer.

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To Rodrigo’s We Must, for Food and Family

RESTAURANTS: Name’s changed; rest is the same

Owners are the same, staff’s still friendly, food’s still good.

5 Takes on Beach-Town Luxury Hotel Living

R.D. Olson Tapped Local Designers for Lido Job

“People redo their homes every seven to 15 years,” said Brooke Wagner.

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