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Local Fitness Companies Bulk Up Annual Sales

SERVICES: Five among 100 biggestOrange County’s cluster of fitness chains pumped up their sales last year, according to data from trade publication Club Industry.

Amazon Likes Syntiant

Chips from Syntiant Corp. in Irvine will power products using Amazon’s Alexa voice service, including devices that need the most power.

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Karma Unwraps Concept Car

Karma Automotive in Irvine is ready with a version of a new vision: its SC1 Vision concept car.

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Esports CEO Ng: Huge Potential for New Public Co.

GAMING: $200M+ reverse merger complete

Allied Esports Entertainment Inc., an Irvine-based company that runs venues and live events for online gaming enthusiasts, sees major growth possibilities for the competitive side of the industry.

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Amazon ‘Scouts’ Irvine

Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) is testing delivery robots in Irvine.

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El Pollo Loco Adds C-Suite Legal

Costa Mesa-based El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: LOCO) named Jason Weintraub its Chief Legal Officer, a new position.

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Creed to Retire; Gibbs In

Greg Creed will retire as chief executive of Yum Brands Inc. (NUSE: YUM) Jan. 1 and be replaced by David Gibbs, current president and chief operating officer of the Louisville-based fast food franchiser of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.

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Habit Heads East, Farther East

Irvine-based Habit Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: HABT) signed deals to add 32 locations in new territories for the fast casual burger chain—New England and Cambodia.

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Taco Bell Chief Brand Officer Departs

Marisa Thalberg resigned as Taco Bell’s chief brand officer, with her duties handed to Senior Vice President of Marketing Melissa Friebe and Tracee Larocca, senior vice president of advertising and brand engagement.

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Hyundai Goes Long on NFL

Hyundai Motor America in Fountain Valley will sponsor the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Kura Sushi Goes Public

Shares of Irvine’s Kura Sushi USA (Nasdaq: KRUS) surged during its first day of trading as the operator of 22 U.S. revolving sushi bar restaurants completed Orange County’s first initial public offering this year.

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ShiftPixy Names New Finance Chief

Irvine-based ShiftPixy Inc., (Nasdaq: PIXY), a tech-based temp agency for restaurants, named Domonic Carney chief financial officer, replacing Patrice Launay, who is leaving a company that has steadily lost value this year.

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JD Power Sold

Costa Mesa consumer data company J.D. Power was bought by private equity investor Thoma Bravo, in Chicago, on undisclosed terms.

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Del Taco Shares Down on Same Store Miss

Del Taco Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: TACO) shares fell 8% after reporting second quarter same store sales that missed analysts’ expectations.

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Nike May Sell Hurley: Reuters

Nike Inc. (NYSE: NKE), the world’s largest sportswear maker, is considering selling Costa Mesa-based Hurley International, Reuters said, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter.

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