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Mattel Launches Toy Recycling Program

Mattel Inc. said it’s launching PlayBack, a toy recycling program designed to collect and reuse materials to make new Mattel products.

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Beautycounter Sells Majority Stake to Carlyle Group

Santa Monica-based Counter Brands, doing business as Beautycounter, sold a majority stake to Carlyle Group Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based investment firm.

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L’Oréal USA Plans Second Headquarters in El Segundo

New York-based makeup and skin care conglomerate L’Oréal USA said it will open a second company headquarters in El Segundo in early 2022.

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Big 5 Earnings, Stock Price Surge

Big 5 reported what it called an “extraordinary start to fiscal 2021.”

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Beyond Meat Misses on Earnings Expectations

Shares of Beyond Meat Inc. dipped about 6% on May 6 after the company posted top- and bottom-line results below Wall Street expectations.

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Health Care Apparel Brand Figs Files for IPO

Figs Inc., a Santa Monica-based health care apparel brand, has filed for an initial public offering.

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SpaceX Ramps Up With New Missions and Deals

SpaceX launched its third crewed mission on April 23, sending four astronauts to the International Space Station.

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Apparel-Maker Outerknown Uses Tech to Aid Recycling Efforts

The Culver City-based apparel-maker Outerknown launched Second Spin, a collection of men’s and women’s loungewear that feature a QR code.

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Beyond Meat Sets Large Expansion in Europe

Beyond Meat Inc. said it will increase product distribution to thousands of new retail locations in the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

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Skechers, Mattel Top Wall Street Projections for First Quarter

Shares of Skechers USA Inc. rose about 8% in after-hours trading on April 22, after the footwear and apparel manufacturer reported first-quarter sales and earnings that beat Wall Street expectations.

Glass House Venture Grows Hemp in Mojave Desert

Glass House and Cadiz formed a joint venture in late 2019 to grow hemp in the Mojave Desert.

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Celebrities Embrace Commercial Cannabis Opportunities

When Seth Rogen’s website for cannabis and related paraphernalia opened to shoppers in Los Angeles last month, it crashed almost instantly from a surge in demand.

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Space Force Establishes Major Command Center in El Segundo

Space Force officials announced April 8 that Los Angeles will be a key base of operations for the recently established branch of the U.S. armed forces.

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NYDJ Apparel Looks to Expand Its Appeal

NYDJ Apparel, a jeans brand that made its mark by catering to consumers over the age of 40, is looking to broaden its appeal.

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Frameless Hardware Acquires Commercial Glass Assets

South Gate-based glass company Frameless Hardware Co. has acquired assets from Texas company Columbia Commercial Building Products.

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