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American Honda Sales Slump for 2020

After contending with pandemic-related shutdowns at its U.S.-based factories, American Honda Motor Co. Inc. sales slumped 16.3% in 2020 compared to 2019.

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IFS Wraps 2020 With Three Acquisitions

Individual FoodService in Bell wrapped up 2020 with three acquisitions, including a December deal for Brady Industries, a Las Vegas-based competitor.

CPK Names New Board Members

Fresh out of bankruptcy, California Pizza Kitchen Inc. appointed four board members to lead the fast-casual restaurant chain along with Chief Executive Jim Hyatt.

Bloomingdale’s to Close Santa Monica Store

The closure is part of a move by Bloomingdale’s parent company, Macy’s Inc., to shutter 45 stores by mid-2021.

New LA Tourism Chief Burke Isn’t Deterred by Tough Times

Before the pandemic, Adam Burke, chief executive of the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, would have called you “crazy” if you told him that he’d be happy to report that Los Angeles hotels were at 50% occupancy.

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Air Passenger Counts Are Tanking, But Air Lease Is Flying High

The industry that Century City-based Air Lease Corp. operates in is in critical condition.

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California Pizza Kitchen Acts Quickly After Bankruptcy Exit

After a relatively short stint in bankruptcy court, things are looking up for California Pizza Kitchen Inc., according to Judd Tirnauer, the company’s new chief financial officer.

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Manhattan Village Renovations Due for Completion in 2021

The much-awaited completion of major renovations at the Manhattan Village shopping center is now slated for this spring.

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Restaurants Say New Restrictions Create ‘Dire’ Situation

Local restaurant owners are struggling to say open and questioned the county’s recent decision to ban outdoor dining; that ban has since been put on hold by the courts.

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Beautycounter Blends Store, Livestream Studio at New Location

Santa Monica skin care and cosmetics company Counter Brands — doing business as Beautycounter — has a new hybrid store on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice.

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Mattel to Create Toys Based on ‘Gus’ Animated Series

Mattel Inc. is adding to its roster of preschool brands, signing a multiyear global licensing agreement to create a full line of Fisher-Price toys based on “Gus — The Itsy Bitsy Knight.”

Rehrig Pacific Sells Product Line to Arkansas Container Company

Rehrig Pacific Co. said it will sell a line of products, including plastic pails, to Polyethylene Containers Inc. in Arkansas.

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Southwest to Add Flights at Long Beach Airport

Southwest Airlines will start five new flights at Long Beach Airport in March, the carrier's biggest move since it won new slots at the airport.

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Hawaiian Airlines Adds Flights at Long Beach, Ontario

Hawaiian Airlines is adding flights at Long Beach and Ontario International airports starting in March.

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Virus Surge Crunches Airports’ Thanksgiving Numbers

The region’s airports were expecting a major boost from Thanksgiving weekend travel, with bookings at their highest level since the pandemic began and airlines planning significant increases in flights.

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