Paul Hughes

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Midday Stock Roundup

Indexes were higher in midday trading on an easing of trade tensions.

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Hotels Continue Strong

Local hotels, countering some expectations that the hospitality market was cooling, kept up a year of strong performance in October in the county overall and seven OC submarkets.

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Disneyland SVP to Hong Kong

Disneyland Resort Senior Vice President of Operations Stephanie Young will replace Hong Kong Disneyland Managing Director Samuel Lau Wing-kee, reporting to Michael Colglazier, president and managing director of Walt Disney Co.’s parks and resorts in Asia.

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Door-to-Door Booze Co. Starts

INNOVATION: Duo has subscription and store

Santa Ana-based Shots Box LLC is like a chocolate-of-the month club—for booze.

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Long Beach Airport's Romo Retires

Long Beach Airport Director Jess Romo will retire effective Jan. 31.

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20 Habits to Greater Chicago

Habit Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: HABT) said a new franchisee to its system, Bloomfield, Mich.-based Tremendous Brands Group LLC, will open 20 locations in Illinois and Indiana, with the first to come by mid-2019.

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JWA October Air Traffic Down

John Wayne Airport had 907,000 passengers in October, down 2.5% year-over-year; commercial flights declined 1.4% to about 4,000.

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Big Show Bonanaza

Anaheim’s Biggest Shows to See 31% Rise in Attendance

2019 promises to be a blockbuster year for Anaheim’s tourism industry. And while next summer’s opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is far, far away the biggest reason, it’s not the only one.

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Midday Stock Roundup

Indexes spiked higher in midday trading on comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell that interest rates are near-neutral, neither spurring nor hindering economic growth.

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Fresh Marketing for El Pollo Loco

Costa Mesa-based El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: LOCO) named Hector Muñoz chief marketing officer ahead of an expected spring 2019 relaunch of the brand.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was down about 0.2% in midday trading to 2,668.37.

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Midday Stock Roundup

Indexes recovered in midday trading after two days of declines.

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Midday Stock Roundup

Indexes continued declines that began yesterday as a technology sector sell-off continued.

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JWA Traffic Ticks Up; JetSuiteX Takes Off

September passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport was up 0.4% year-over-year to 857,000 while commercial flights were down 0.7% to about 3,800 for the month.

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Buena Park Group in Hotel Deal

Harbor Hotels LLC, an Arizona family investment group affiliated with Cornerstone Hotel Group LLC in Buena Park, bought the Courtyard by Marriott near Long Beach Exchange, a shopping and entertainment development, from Delaware-registered Mach II Chartres Long Beach.

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Next Pendry: Utah, Near Montage

Pendry Hotels plans to build a ski resort in the Canyons Village area of Park City, Utah, about five miles from Montage Deer Valley, a resort run by Pendry sister company Montage Hotels & Resorts.

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Former Real Mex Seeks to Reclaim Glory

RESTAURANTS: New name, execs; no debt

The former Real Mex Restaurants Inc. has a new name, chief executive and owner. It also has fewer locations and no significant debt.

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Disney Resorts Q4 Revenue Up 9%

Walt Disney Co.’s parks and resorts division, which includes Anaheim’s Disneyland Resort, said fourth quarter profit climbed 11% to $829 million as revenue rose 9% to $5.1 billion from the same period a year earlier.

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OCC: Interim In As Harkins Retires

Orange Coast College named Kevin Ballinger interim president while it searches for a permanent replacement for retiring President Dennis Harkins.

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OC Hotel Occupancy Dips in September

Several Orange County hotel submarkets in September showed lower average daily rates and revenue per available room year-over-year, and five of seven showed lower occupancy, which also fell countywide to 77% from 80% for the same month last year.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.5% in midday trading to 2,751.88.

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AVD Sales, Income Up

Newport Beach-based American Vanguard Corp. (NYSE: AVD) reported third quarter sales climbed 24% to $111.8 million while net income jumped 60% to $6.5 million.

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Samueli: How He Did It, and Just Might Again

Broadcom cofounder Henry Samueli kicked off OCTANe’s 2018 med-tech forum with tales from the early days of the chipmaker you’d likely never heard—and hints on what industry today he believes may be ripe for disruption.

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Habit Names Marriott Creative Exec to Board

Habit Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: HABT) in Irvine added Karin Timpone to its board of directors, which now has eight members.

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El Pollo Loco 3Q Sales, Profit Rise

El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: LOCO) in Costa Mesa reported third quarter net income of $6.8 million on revenue of $106.7 million, compared with a loss of $4 million on revenue of $101.2 million in the same period a year ago.

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Taco Bell Strong; Yum Mixed

Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp. sales rose 8% to $2.6 billion in its most recent quarter, making it the top-performing chain in Louisville-based parent company Yum Brands Inc. (Nasdaq: YUM) portfolio for the period.

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Midday Stock Roundup

Indexes were up following Facebook’s earnings report and a general lift in technology stocks.

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Long Beach Air Traffic Down 5%

Long Beach Airport passenger declined 5% year-over-year in September—the first monthly decline this year.

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Duck, Duck Donuts

Two down, three to go: Duck Donuts plans five locations in Orange County; two are open, in Huntington Beach and Irvine, the latter at Trade Food Hall.

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Habit Revenue, Swings to Loss on Charge

Habit Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: HABT) in Irvine reported a $600,000 net loss, including a one-time charge, on revenue of about $105 million in its most recent quarter, compared with $400,000 in net income on revenue of $85 million, year-over-year.

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BJ’s Revenue, Income Up

BJ’s Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: BJRI) in Huntington Beach earned nearly $9 million in net income on $270 million in revenue in its most recent quarter, up 257% and 10% respectively.

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Habit Taps QSR Vet for Brand Post

Habit Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: HABT) in Irvine named Iwona Alter chief brand officer; she joins the fast-casual burger chain December 10 from San Diego-based Jack in the Box Inc. (Nasdaq: JACK).

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Chipotle, Habit Push Through Headwinds

Revenue Up 15%, 42%, Respectively

Call it a double take. At first glance, it’s not surprising to see Newport Beach-based Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. and Irvine-based Habit Restaurants Inc. among Orange County’s fastest-growing public companies (see special report, page 19, lists starting on page 25).

Chipotle Revenue Up

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG) in Newport Beach said revenue increased nearly 9% to $1.2 billion and adjusted net income was 60% higher to about $60 million in its most recent quarter.

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Midday Stock Roundup

Indexes rose strongly in midday trading as the market rebounded from losses earlier this week.

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Marriott Irvine Spectrum Gets New GM

Marriott Irvine Spectrum named Dianne Markis general manager.

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Midday Stock Roundup

Indexes are down about 1% apiece on global economic growth worries and weak earnings outlooks from 3M Co. and Caterpillar Inc.; earlier today, the markets dropped almost 2%.

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2017 Tourism: $21 Billion

Local tourism last year produced $21.3 billion in economic impact, according to a new report from the Orange County Visitors Association.

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Hospitality Shows Go To OC Operator

Emerald Expositions Events Inc. (NYSE: EEX) bought several hospitality-focused trade shows, publications, and events from ST Media Group International and Hospitality Media Group on undisclosed terms.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 rose 0.2% in midday trading to 2,815.61.

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NB Hotel Operator to Add Three

Twenty Four Seven Hotels in Newport Beach will run three inland area hotels for Cerritos-based Soquel Rincon TPS LLC.

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Del Taco Ratchets Guidance Down

Del Taco Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: TACO) lowered full-year guidance in its most-recent quarterly report. Revenue and net income grew on a 1.4% increase in systemwide same-store sales, with franchised restaurant comps growing faster than company-owned locations.

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Airport Up 6% in August

John Wayne Airport passenger traffic increased 6% year-over-year in August to 991,000 people; year-to-date passenger numbers are up 5.5% to 7.2 million.

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Midday Stock Roundup

Indexes were down sharply on a surge in Treasury yields and declines in technology stocks.

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Taco Bell Operator Plans 50 in Australia

Collins Foods Ltd. will open 50 Taco Bell locations in three years in three states in Australia.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.5% in midday trading to 2,936.83.

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GSF in Talks to Sell Some Sites

Golden State Foods Corp. in Irvine said it’s talking with Rosemont, Ill.-based McDonald’s distribution and logistics firm Martin-Brower LLC to sell some distribution centers serving the Golden Arches and reinvest the proceeds to diversify operations.

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JWA Loses Albuquerque Service

Alaska Airlines will trim its wings at John Wayne Airport in January, cutting its daily flight from JWA to Albuquerque International Sunport after it began the route in August 2017.

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Long Beach Air Traffic Up 11%

Long Beach Airport traffic rose 11% year-over-year in August to 350,000 passengers; year-to-date traffic is up 10% to 2.7 million.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.3% in midday trading to 2,923.28.

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