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Fruit Bar Makers Launch Cold War

FOOD: Duo says rival ice-cream distributor is freezing them out.Fruit bar makers claim new rival is using its powerful ice-cream distribution network to freeze them out.

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AllenCo to Spend $700,000 on Improvements

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced an agreement with AllenCo Energy Inc. that will require the Signal Hill company to make significant improvements at its controversial oil field near USC.

Mattel Makes Barbie Film Deal With Sony

Sony Pictures Entertainment and toymaker Mattel Inc. on Wednesday announced a deal to bring the El Segundo toymaker's Barbie doll to life in a comedy film.

Better-Than-Expected Quarter Boosts Skechers

Shares of Skechers USA Inc. jumped 5 percent Wednesday after the Manhattan Beach shoe company announced first quarter earnings that soared above expectations.

Jakks Pacific Shares Fall on Earnings

Shares of Jakks Pacific Inc. fell 9 percent on Wednesday after the toy company reported higher revenue and a narrower loss in the first quarter.

Earnings Roundup: Avery, Cheesecake, IPC, Teledyne, On Assignment

A slimmer Avery Dennison Corp. on Wednesday announced fiscal first quarter results that were in line with Wall Street expectations for profit. Cheesecake Factory Inc. said Wednesday that same-store sales rose at most of its outlets during the fiscal first quarter but poor weather cut into profits. IPC disappoints. Defense cuts hit Teledyne. On Assignment meets forecasts.

L.A. Airport Board Recommends Palmdale Lease

The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners recommended approval on Monday of a five-year lease with Japanese railcar manufacturer Kinkisharyo International LCC for space in Palmdale.

Mattel Reports Surprise Loss

Mattel Inc. on Thursday reported its first quarterly loss in five years, blaming it on weaker Barbie sales and excess inventory marked down due to a lackluster holiday season.

Cardenas Invites Sriracha Maker to the Valley

U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas wrote an open letter Wednesday to Sriracha-sauce maker Huy Fong Foods Inc. to consider relocating to the San Fernando Valley.

American Apparel Back in Stock Market Compliance

American Apparel Inc. said late Wednesday that it had been informed by the NYSE Mkt Exchange that the company was back in compliance with the exchange’s listing requirements.

Blackstone Unit to Invest in Rentech

Shares of Rentech Inc. jumped 13 percent on Thursday after the company said that a Blackstone Group unit would invest $150 million in its wood fiber business. It also announced a settlement with a dissident investor group.

Loss Narrows for Joe's Jeans

Joe's Jeans Inc. on Wednesday reported a smaller fiscal first-quarter net loss and a boost in sales, both attributed to its acquisition of Hudson Clothing Holdings Inc.

Teledyne Buys Lab Equipment Firm

A subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Inc. acquired Photon Machines Inc., a Montana company that makes lab instrumentation equipment.

Gores Group Sells Security Company

Gores Group on Wednesday said it has sold an Alabama security products company to Cornerstone Detention Products in the same state.

Swiss Firm Takes Stake in American Apparel

A Swiss investment firm has acquired more than a third of American Apparel’s latest stock offering, becoming the company’s second-largest investor and bailing the L.A. company out of a debt crisis.

Long Beach Boeing Plant to Close Earlier Than Expected

Boeing Co. said Monday it expected to end production of its C-17 Globemaster III transport jet at its Long Beach plant three months earlier than expected.