Stories for December 2007
Monday, December 31
Sleepy beach town Dana Point is growing, with some pains
The pace of existing U.S. home sales edged up in November to a 5 million-unit annual rate and the median price fell from a year earlier, the National Association of Realtors said on Monday.
Jay Longley, owner of San Clemente-based Rainbow Sandals, has added some bling to his popular leather flip-flops.
Excelsior newspaper wants to lure younger readers with its bilingual entertainment section, in the Media & Marketing column
Pimco, Merage, Sim Circle Over Mortgage Mess; Legal 'Brief'
New home sales fell a steeper-than-expected 9% in November, but business activity elsewhere perked up this month, according to reports on Friday that showed pockets of strength in the economy despite a housing sector meltdown.
Joe Kiani, chief executive of Masimo Corp., is the Business Journal's businessperson of the year for 2007 after taking the Irvine medical device maker public and having the best performing local stock of the past year.
Men's retailer At-Ease will open a larger store at Crystal Cove, in the Marketplace column
Mortgage applications sank last week to the lowest level since the end of last year despite falling borrowing costs, an industry trade group said on Thursday.
Wells Fargo is looking to cross-sell banking clients on its investment services
As more banks report writedowns tied to the global credit crunch, analysts say Wachovia Corp. may have losses lurking in an area that has garnered less investor attention.
A look at the 2007 commercial real estate market. PLUS: CHART - Net Absorption; Vacancy Rates; Average Asking Lease Rates
IBM Corp. is in advanced talks to buy Israeli start-up XIV Information Systems for $300 million to $350 million, financial daily Globes reported on Monday.
Bixby Land saw a busy year in 2007, in the Real Estate column
Allergan's monopoly on the anti-wrinkle market could see some competition soon, in the Healthcare column
Merrill Lynch & Co. plans to announce about 1,600 layoffs after disclosing fourth-quarter writedowns.
Soap maker Primal Elements is looking to expand its products, in the Small Business column
The unsettled struggle over who should run Maguire Properties is starting to give some tenants pause about signing leases with Orange County's second-largest office landlord
Newport Beach law firm Newmeyer & Dillion LLP is gearing up for more hiring despite its main practice being hit by a slowdown
Cymetrix tapped a private equity firm for its growth
For restaurant operators, retailers and others, the new year will ring in an unpleasant shock as California's minimum wage jumps for the second time in two years
Aussie company Chocolate Graphics International is looking to beef up its U.S. operation
Irvine startup u-Nav Microelectronics is being bought by Atheros Communications Inc. for $54 million, in the Technology column
A look at OC dining during the past year, in the Executive Dining column
A look at people, companies and institutions receiving awards, accolades, grants and other honors
Las Vegas will be all tech next week at the annual International Consumer Electronics Show
People are taking a liking to Rainbow Sandals "bling" flip-flops
Automobile Club of Southern California is cutting more than 40 jobs as part of a shift in resources
A handful of Orange County companies are readying for the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in early January.
Thursday, December 27
Stocks fell on Thursday after weaker-than-expected durable goods data raised concerns about the outlook for the economy and profits. Global political worries also rattled the market with news Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was killed in an att
The parent company of the Orange County Register has pushed back plans to buy out two private equity investors that took a sizable stake in the family-controlled company in 2004, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Costa Mesa-based Mexican fast food chain El Pollo Loco Inc. raised $45 million in private equity funding from Los Angeles private equity firm Freeman Spogli & Co.
New orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rose by a much less-than-forecast 0.1% during November and a key gauge of corporate appetite for investment also unexpectedly shrank, government data on Thursday showed.
The Bush administration's strategy of having major lenders help design its plan to handle the subprime mortgage crisis means that it will avoid most litigation, but not all, according to lawyers who specialize in constitutional and contract law.
Wednesday, December 26
For restaurant operators, retailers and others, the new year will ring in an unpleasant shock as California's minimum wage jumps for the second time in two years.
Warren Buffett's investment company announced Tuesday it will pay $4.5 billion for 60% of Marmon Holdings Inc., a private company of more than 125 manufacturing and service businesses.
Santa Ana's Powerwave Technologies Inc., a maker of gear for cell phone towers that fell short of Wall Street's expectations in the third quarter, could see an uptick in business in the current quarter.
Home prices fell in October for the 10th consecutive month, posting their largest monthly drop since early 1991, a widely watched index showed on Wednesday.
Fremont General Corp. has received federal and state approval for its new executive management team at its Brea-based bank, Fremont Investment & Loan.
Monday, December 24
A patent dispute over the heartburn drug Protonix escalated Monday when Wyeth said it will sue to recover lost profits from sales of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.'s generic version.
Happy holidays from the Orange County Business Journal. The next print edition of the Business Journal is set for Dec. 31, when we name our annual Businessperson of the Year, plus a handful of honorable mentions.
Merrill Lynch & Co., hit by huge subprime mortgage losses, said on Monday it would boost its capital by raising up to $6.2 billion in a private placement with Singapore's Temasek Holdings and Davis Selected Advisers.
MAXjet Airways ceased operations on Monday & #226; & #128;"leaving jets on tarmacs and stranding passengers on Christmas Eve & #226; & #128;"as the all-business class airline filed for bankruptcy protection.
Friday, December 21
Consumers put aside worries about slumping home sales and soaring gasoline prices and headed to the malls in November, pushing spending up by the largest amount in 3 1/2 years.
Merrill Lynch & Co. may get up to $5 billion in a capital infusion from Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
Newport Beach chip startup GloNav Inc. is set to be bought for $85 million by NXP Semiconductors, the former chip arm of Royal Philips Electronics NV.
Orange County gained jobs in November from October as retailers added workers for the holidays, though employment was down from a year earlier.
The Securities and Exchange Commission is probing how Washington Mutual Inc., the nation's largest savings and loan, handled mortgages that were possibly based on inflated home appraisals.
Thursday, December 20
Bear Stearns Cos., the No. 5 U.S. investment bank, said Thursday a bigger-than-expected writedown in its mortgage portfolio caused the first quarterly loss in the company's 84-year history.
The U.S. economy grew at its fastest rate in four years during the third quarter, the government confirmed on Thursday, but a surge in new claims for jobless benefits showed the labor market is softening.
Irvine-based chipmaker Broadcom Corp. is pushing a federal trade agency to investigate San Diego rival Qualcomm Inc. for allegedly skirting a ban on some of its chips.
MBIA Inc., the world's largest bond insurer, said it has exposure to $30.6 billion in complex mortgage securities that it insures, an amount that eclipses its entire net worth.
U.S. antitrust regulators approved Google Inc.'s $3.1 billion purchase of DoubleClick Inc. Thursday, removing a key obstacle to a formidable combination in the burgeoning online advertising sector.
Shares of Irvine-based Impac Mortgage Holdings Inc. were down nearly 20% Friday as investors weighed in with concerns about the company's future after it report a staggering net loss a day earlier.
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International said Thursday that it will sell Infergen, a hepatitis C drug, to Three Rivers Pharmaceuticals LLC for $91.3 million.
Downey Financial Corp. vice chairman Cheryl Olson,daughter of chairman and dominant owner Maurice McAlister,is leaving the board of the Newport Beach-based savings and loan operator.
Wednesday, December 19
Costa Mesa's Emulex Corp.'s acquisitions and market share gains should continue driving sales growth, according to a report from a Banc of America Securities analyst.
The Federal Reserve said on Wednesday it auctioned $20 billion in a special operation to thaw credit markets at an interest rate of 4.65%, a higher-than-expected rate that suggested banks were eager to pad their cash reserves.
U.S. homeowners increasingly failed to keep up with their home loan payments in November, as the number of foreclosure filings surged 68% nationwide compared with the same month a year ago, according to a mortgage research company.
Morgan Stanley, the No. 2 U.S. investment bank, reported a $9.4 billion writedown on Wednesday from bad bets on mortgage-related debt, leading it to take a $5 billion infusion from an arm of the Chinese government.
Oil and aluminum group Norsk Hydro ASA said Monday fourth-quarter profit fell 68% as the company reported earnings a day earlier than scheduled after financial information was leaked.
Costa Mesa-based Ceradyne Inc. said Wednesday the Pentagon has ordered 20 of its new armored cars for soldiers in Iraq.
Tuesday, December 18
Home building projects started in November fell by 3.7% as the pace of single-family home construction was the slowest in more than 16 years, a government report on Tuesday showed.
Orange County home prices inched up in November from October, but still remain well below prices of year earlier, while the pace of sales in the county remained slow.
The Federal Reserve Board on Tuesday proposed new protections for high-cost mortgage borrowers to avoid a repeat of the loose lending standards that have put many Americans at risk of losing their homes.
To many, Fletcher "Ted" Jones Jr. is the face of Fletcher Jones Motorcars Inc., the Newport Beach Mercedes-Benz dealership that features him in its commercials.
Sprint Nextel Corp. on Tuesday named Dan Hesse, the chief executive officer of wireline company Embarq Corp., as its new chief executive officer, effective immediately.
Landmark health insurance legislation that would extend coverage to millions of California's uninsured residents was approved by the Assembly late Monday afternoon on a 46-31 vote.
Advanced Medical Optics Inc. said Tuesday that it is moving production of recently acquired lasers to correct vision from Irvine to plants in the Bay area and Puerto Rico.
Newport Beach-based Olen Properties Corp. has withdrawn plans for building close to 900 apartments around John Wayne Airport in Irvine, the latest sign of a cooling market for local home developers.
Monday, December 17
Chipmaker Semicoa Semiconductors is ramping up production at its Costa Mesa plant after seeing bigger demand from aerospace and defense contractors
Taiwan's Acer,with Irvine's Gateway and Europe's Packard Bell,grabbed market share from the top two computer makers during the third quarter, in the Technology column
Orange County is getting into the gastropub game with Crow Bar and Kitchen, in the Executive Dining column
Ford Motor Co. is set to choose a frontrunner to buy European brands Jaguar and Land Rover around the end of this week as it moves towards a sale early in 2008, said a person close to the matter on Monday.
Wall Street's pleased that Pacific Sunwear is getting back to its surf roots
Boeing Co. has closed on a deal to sell 60 acres of industrial and office space it owns in Anaheim to Sacramento-based developer Panattoni Development Co.
Newport Beach-based Olen Properties is the latest developer to withdraw housing plans
Shares of Apria Healthcare Group Inc. shot up Monday after a UBS analyst upgraded the stock based on easing concerns about Medicare reimbursement.
Aon Corp., one of the world's largest insurance brokers, said on Monday it has agreed to sell two units for about $2.75 billion and will use the proceeds to buy back shares.
A Newport Beach bank startup has raised a record $52 million and hopes to have staying power in Southern California
The North and Central Orange County industrial markets have managed to steer clear of the doom-and-gloom predictions. PLUS: CHART - Net Absorption; Vacancy Rates; Average Asking Lease Rates
Datallegro has wrangled partnerships with some of the biggest names in data storage
A big thank you to San Clemente residents for their help during October's San Diego fires, in Letters
A direct mail company has moved into bigger space in Garden Grove in a bid to grow the company,
Epicor Software Inc. said Monday it plans to buy Quebec-based NSB Retail Systems PLC for $322.9 million.
Michael Friedman will head the expansion of jeweler Black Starr & Frost, which has a shop at South Coast Plaza, in the Marketplace column
Predictions for Orange County's economy call for declines, gains or little change from a year earlier, depending on the industry.
Ingersoll-Rand Co. will acquire Trane Inc. in a $10.1 billion deal that would create one of the world's largest makers of air conditioners, the two companies announced Monday.
The number of Orange County companies making plays in Houston has grown recently, in the Real Estate column
Edwards is selling its treatment for diseased blood vessels for $140 million, in the Healthcare column
Two Southern California shoe companies have gone to war over a checkerboard pattern,even though the black-and-white design can be found on more than a dozen other shoes
Fletcher Jones' owner is selling an ownership stake in a new dealership to his right-hand man
More than 1,000 port trucking companies face the possibility of going out of business thanks to a clean air plan
Redevelopment plans are moving ahead at one of Anaheim's business landmarks
Young & Rubicam Brands has worked hard this past year. Now it's time to party, in the Media & Marketing column
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Friday, December 14
Boeing Co. said on Friday aircraft leasing company AWAS has placed an order for 31 single-aisle 737 planes worth about $2.3 billion at list prices.
I-Flow Corp., a Lake Forest maker of post-surgery pain control devices, said Friday that it is going to buy AcryMed Inc. of Beaverton, Oregon, for $25 million in cash.
Consumer prices rose the most in more than two years in November as energy costs surged and a host of other prices marched higher, damping prospects of further interest-rate cuts from the Federal Reserve.
Santa Ana-based Corinthian Colleges Inc. is selling 12 Canadian schools to Eminata Group, a Canadian operator of vocational schools.
The chief executive of Fannie Mae told shareholders Friday that he does not expect a recovery for the ailing U.S. housing market until 2009, and that the mortgage-finance company is strong enough to ride out the storm.
Devax Inc., a Lake Forest medical device maker, has withdrawn plans for its $85 million initial public offering.
Shares of Newport Beach-based savings and loan operator Downey Financial Corp. fell Friday after the company reported another rise in bad mortgages.
Thursday, December 13
Countrywide Financial Corp. said on Thursday that mortgage loan funding tumbled 40% to $23 billion in November, sending its shares down nearly 4% before the market opened.
Nokia won a round in one of its many patent battles with chip maker Qualcomm Inc. as a judge with the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled for the mobile telephone maker this week.
Irvine's Option One Mortgage Corp. continues to haunt Kansas City-based tax preparer H & R; Block Inc. as the company said Thursday it may need to raise money to offset losses and charges from closing subprime lender Option One.
Germany's biggest airline, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said Thursday it is paying $300 million for a 19% stake in JetBlue Airways Corp., whose stock has lost about half its value since an operational meltdown last Valentine's Day.
Irvine startup U-Nav Microelectronics Inc., a maker of GPS chips and software, is set to be bought by Santa Clara-based Atheros Communications Inc. for $54 million.
Sales at retailers posted a much stronger-than-expected 1.2% rise in November, government data showed on Thursday, as holiday shoppers coped with high energy costs and the fallout from a housing slump.
Costa Mesa-based Energy and Power Solutions Inc. has raised $20 million for its environmental consulting, design and construction business.
Wall Street's enthusiasm for a turnaround at Huntington Beach-based Quiksilver Inc. faded Thursday as the company forecast a loss for the three months through January and lower-than-expected profits for the 12 months through next October.
Wednesday, December 12
The Irvine Company has received approval from Newport Beach to build more than 400 homes and additional offices near its headquarters in Newport Center.
Bank of America Corp. expects its fourth-quarter results to be disappointing due to write-downs and lower trading revenue, Chief Executive Ken Lewis said on Wednesday.
Shares of Huntington Beach-based Quiksilver Inc. rose nearly 8% on Wednesday after an analyst said the company's strategy will help results.
The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday it planned to offer $40 billion in emergency funds to other central banks next week through an auction process to deal with the global credit crunch.
Igor Olenicoff, founder and president of Newport Beach-based Olen Properties Corp., plead guilty Wednesday to a charge relating to the billionaire developer's long-running tax dispute with the government.
Maguire Properties Inc., Orange County's second-biggest office landlord, said it has formed a special committee to focus on strategic alternatives, including a potential sale of the company.
Shares of Cooper Cos. were on pace to hit a new low Wednesday after the company forecasted a lower than expected profit for the 12 months ending October 2008.
Holiday sales were off to a strong start, according to data from SpendingPulse released on Wednesday, easing concerns about a possible sharp pullback in consumer spending this season.
Tuesday, December 11
Shares of Aliso Viejo software maker Smith Micro Inc. soared Tuesday as Wall Street gave a thumbs up to its $60 million cash buyout of a unit of Chicago's PCTEL Inc.
The Federal Reserve cut a key interest rate by one-quarter of a percentage point Tuesday, trying to keep the country out of recession.
The Federal Reserve is widely expected to cut interest rates on Tuesday by at least a quarter-percentage point to fortify the economy against a credit crunch and housing slump that some economists fear could bring a recession.
One of the country's largest paper suppliers is shipping its entire Los Angeles operation to its bigger and more modern La Palma warehouse.
H & R; Block Inc., slammed over the past year by exposure to risky mortgages, on Tuesday reported a bigger-than-expected quarterly loss after shutting down its Irvine-based Option One Mortgage subprime lender, sending its shares down nearly 7%.
A U.S. judge sentenced former media mogul Conrad Black on Monday to 6-1/2 years in prison for obstructing justice and defrauding shareholders in one-time newspaper publishing empire Hollinger International Inc., and ordered him to report to prison in 12 w
Monday, December 10
Pacific Westline generates about $13 million in yearly sales making furniture and wood, metal, glass and stone fixtures for restaurants, in the Small Business column
A complex $19 billion deal is set to form the world's biggest video game company.
The general manager and sommelier of OC's Napa Rose has just garnered one of the most prestigious titles in the wine world, in the Executive Dining column
Perry Ellis is working to bring back surfwear maker Gotcha's cool factor
One of the country's largest paper suppliers is shipping its entire Los Angeles operation to its bigger and more modern La Palma warehouse
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General Electric's consolidating two of its big local offices at Irvine's Jamboree Center
Bucking conventional wisdom, a trade group for real estate agents on Monday said the battered housing market is on the verge of stabilizing and inched up its outlook for 2007 and 2008 home sales.
An Irvine startup is making headway in a bid to get its chips in cell phones
The popularity of broadband Internet could spur job growth in Orange County
Swiss bank UBS announced $10 billion in fresh subprime writedowns on Monday and said it had obtained a huge injection of fresh capital from a Singapore government entity and an unnamed Middle East investor.
Shares of Fullerton-based Beckman Coulter Inc. rose Monday after an analyst said the maker of medical testing equipment could boost profits by streamlining operations.
Beckman Coulter is gearing up to push for Medicare to pay more for medical diagnostic tests run on its machines
Irvine's Kofax Image Products inked a deal with top PC maker Hewlett-Packard, in the Technology column
It looks like UnitedHealth is making good on its strong profit expectations for 2007, in the Healthcare column
Lennar's decision to sell 11,000 lots for homes could prompt other big homebuilders to make similar land sales
Recent data suggests the market for midsize industrial tenants is seeing the least amount of activity, in the Real Estate column
Shares of Aliso Viejo software maker Smith Micro Inc jumped in afterhours trading after the company said it's set to pay $60 million for a unit of Chicago's PCTEL Inc.
Boeing's Anaheim operation may have finally come up with something the Pentagon will want
The biggest distributor of technology products is making a push for its own line of computer-related gear
A look at people, companies and institutions receiving awards, accolades, grants and other honors
Companies and executives facing allegations of stock-options backdating may have to change defense tactics against a widespread government crackdown after a major conviction and a record-setting settlement in two key cases this past week.
The airport area manufacturing and warehouse leasing market experienced lower demand and increasing vacancy levels in the third quarter. PLUS: CHART - Net Absorption; Vacancy Rates; Average Asking Lease Rates
PR and marketing shop XPR has moved into bigger digs after bringing in some new clients, in the Media & Marketing column
Shares of Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software Inc., a maker of business software, closed higher Monday after the company filed results after a long-running probe into misdated stock options.
The owner of jeweler Black Starr & Frost is looking to build up its cachet, in the Marketplace column
The founder of a mineral makeup company is looking to grow the business just months after selling a majority stake to a private equity firm
Friday, December 7
Employers added a modest 94,000 jobs to their payrolls in November, the unemployment rate held steady at 4.7% and wages grew briskly, encouraging signs the nation's employment climate is holding up in the face of turbulence in the housing and credit marke
Irvine startup Axiom Microdevices Inc. is making headway in a bid to get its chips in cell phones after a rocky start in the past few years.
Irvine-based Edwards Lifesciences Corp. said Friday that it expects higher profits in 2008 and is making moves to focus on its core heart valve operations.
Consumer confidence barely budged from a two-year low as housing troubles, a credit crunch, high energy prices and turbulence on Wall Street continue to make people uneasy about the economy and their own financial situations.
Shares of Macrovision and Gemstar plunged Friday as investors soured quickly on a deal that would have the media technology company buyout the television listings business for $2.8 billion in cash and stock.
Getting former CEO William McGuire to give back hundreds of millions of dollars in tainted stock options cures one of UnitedHealth's biggest headaches from its backdating scandal. But there are others.
Mexican retailer Grupo Gigante Grupo Gigante SA de CV, which has its U.S. headquarters in Santa Ana, is selling its 200-plus stores in Mexico and Southern California.
Employers added 94,000 jobs in November, the Labor Department said on Friday in a report showing a slowdown in job creation in recent months that raises chances for a modest cut in interest rates next week.
Thursday, December 6
President George Bush is expected to unveil a plan on Thursday to prevent a wave of home loan foreclosures that has threatened to knock the U.S. economy into recession and rattled investors worldwide.
Orange County's two mall retailers took different paths in November as Anaheim's Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. posted a gain in sales at stores open at least a year and Foothill Ranch-based Wet Seal Inc. saw a decline.
Santa Ana-based real estate investor NNN Realty Advisors Inc.'s buy of Chicago-based brokerage Grubb & Ellis Co. was approved by both companies' shareholders on Thursday.
Housing markets from Punta Gorda, Fla., to Stockton, Calif., will crash and suffer price drops of more than 30% before the housing crisis is over, a report from Moody's Economy.com said on Thursday.
New York state prosecutors have sent subpoenas to Wall Street firms seeking information related to the packaging and selling of debt tied to high-risk mortgages, according to a perrson familiar with the matter.
The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine is spending $40.5 million on a medical education building.
Wednesday, December 5
2008 will be "tumultuous" and the Federal Reserve may need to bring its interest rate below 3%, bond fund manager Bill Gross of Newport Beach-based Pacific Investment Management Co. said.
Fannie Mae has joined rival mortgage financer Freddie Mac in cutting its dividend and selling billions of dollars worth of special stock to raise capital to cushion against mounting losses from high-risk home loans.
Shares of Lake Forest disk drive maker Western Digital Corp. soared Wednesday after the company upped its earnings expectations for the current quarter.
President George W. Bush will outline on Thursday a plan to freeze mortgage rates for five years for many homeowners facing sharp interest-rate resets, an industry source said on Wednesday.
Advanced Medical Optics Inc. said Wednesday that it elected two new directors, including one from ValueAct Capital Partners LP, an activist hedge fund that's the Santa Ana company's largest stockholder.
Chapman University is predicting a national recession with the first decline in jobs locally in five years in 2008.
Private employers added 189,000 jobs in November, a report by a private employment service said on Wednesday, much higher than market expectations and the biggest monthly increase in a year.
Tuesday, December 4
Billionaire Texas investor Gerald J. Ford on Tuesday said he reduced his stake in Newport Beach-based thrift Downey Financial Corp. to 4.9% from 6.8%.
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said he hoped a plan to spare homeowners facing mortgage-rate spikes would be ready by week's end and expressed faith the economy would dodge recession despite the deep housing slump.
The video game industry faces the prospect of more consolidation after the surprise move by French media conglomerate Vivendi SA to buy a majority stake in U.S. game publisher Activision Inc.
Irvine-based Impac Mortgage Holdings Inc. said on Tuesday it has received notice from the regulators of the New York Stock Exchange that the company's slumping stock could be delisted from the prestigious exchange unless its share price improves.
Private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management has backed away from a deal to buy Irvine-based Option One Mortgage Corp., according to the subprime lender's parent company, H & R; Block Inc.
Countrywide Financial Corp. Chief Executive Angelo Mozilo said he doesn't expect the largest U.S. mortgage lender to file for bankruptcy protection, saying the "elements are certainly not there."
Monday, December 3
More tourists shopping at South Coast Plaza helps high-end importers' sales, in the Marketplace column
American Sporting Goods moves Portland office to Aliso Viejo
Industrial space stays strong in South Orange County as office struggles. PLUS: CHART - Net Absorption; Vacancy Rates; Average Asking Lease Rates
A former lawyer and her partner start a Web site to track gift cards, in the Technology column
State and local governments should be permitted to issue tax-exempt bonds that would fund programs to prevent foreclosures, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said on Monday.
Biggest nonprofits post a gain in revenue; less giving seen in 2008
Growth in factory activity slipped in November to the lowest since January as tight credit conditions and the housing downturn restrained production, according to an industry report released on Monday.
British retailer Tesco's new U.S. venture Fresh & Easy, which stores open and planned in Orange County, has unveiled ambitious expansion plans including wanting shoppers in the urban centers it targets never to be more than a mile from one of its stores.
Orange-based building supplier Thompson Enterprises could move to Corona
Buck Johns, Victorville Plugging into Hybrid Power; China Critic
A look at the best restaurants off The Strip in Las Vegas, in the Executive Dining column
Irvine's Blizzard Entertainment Inc., the top maker of video games played on the Web, is combining with Santa Monica-based Activision Inc. in a complex $19 billion deal that's set to form the world's biggest video game company.
Downey Financial lands a big investor. Could sale speculation be for real
Valeant is losing a key recruit to a Canadian drug maker, in the Healthcare column
Kingston starts a division around its $1 billion flash memory business
Shares of Lake Forest-based Apria Healthcare Group Inc. fell Monday as an analyst said that a proposed Medicare bill could hurt home healthcare providers.
Hank Blank highlights the common mistakes ad shops make when seeking out business, in the Media & Marketing column
A California panel backs a cut in harbor emissions, in Regulation Watch
Shares of Foothill Ranch-based mall retailer Wet Seal Inc. got a boost Monday after analysts responded to the company's turnaround plan.
Greenlaw Partners buys an office tower in the Platinum Triangle, in the Real Estate column
Roth Capital finds niche in selling stock for Chinese companies
Orange County's hospital building boom starts to deliver
Tarsadia Hotels plans to build two high-end hotels in Anaheim