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Ports See Slowdown

Imports at the San Pedro Bay ports were flat in August while exports slid as the U.S.-China trade war drags on. Imports at the L.A. and Long Beach ports, the nation’s largest hub for Asian trade, were near flat for the second consecutive month.

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Beauty Apps Ready for Close Up

TECH: But state’s gig worker bill raises questions

Gig economy legislation could pose challenges for beauty apps.

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Albertsons, Vons, Ralphs Grocery Workers Ratify Contract, Get Raise

Grocery workers at Vons, Albertsons, Ralphs and Pavilions in Southern California averted a strike and ratified a three-year contract Thursday, calling it the best deal they've had in three decades.

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Grocery Workers Union Deal May Avert Strike

Details of the contract weren’t released pending the vote, but union leadership recommended ratification. Results for the vote are expected Sept. 12.

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New Coffee Brands Bring the Heat

BEVERAGES: Roasters blend innovation, ambition

Third-wave coffee roasters jolt L.A.’s competitive coffee market.

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Grocers Prepare for Possible Strike

Ralphs, other chains eye replacement workers

Ralphs, other chains eye replacement workers

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Pop Star Ariana Grande Sues Forever 21 for $10 Million

Pop superstar Ariana Grande sued teen retailer Forever 21 for $10 million, accusing the struggling chain and its beauty company of using her likeness to sell their products without authorization.

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Snack Brand Gobbled Up

FOOD: Quest Nutrition sells for $1B to Colorado company

Colorado-based Simply Good Foods Co. makes a deal to acquire El Segundo’s Quest Nutrition for $1 billion.

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Forever 21 Likely to File for Bankruptcy

Mall stalwart falters in changing landscape

Fashion retailer Forever 21 Inc. is reportedly on the brink of filing for bankruptcy protection.

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Kim Kardashian to Launch Undergarment Line Skims Next Month

Reality TV megastar Kim Kardashian West is slated to launch a new line of shapewear undergarments, dubbed Skims, on Sept. 10.

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China Plans Tariffs on $75 Billion in US Products in Retaliation to Trump Trade Policies

The U.S -China trade war intensified on Friday, jolting the stock market and sending a collective shiver of worry among Los Angeles retailers, distributors and manufacturers.

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CAN DO SPIRITS

Premixed cocktails, hard seltzers gaining on beer’s dominance

Premixed cocktails, hard seltzers gaining on beer’s dominance

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Port Offers Shippers Cash Incentive

LA Program helps boost cargo volume and fees

LA Program helps boost cargo volume and fees

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El Segundo’s Quest Nutrition Picked Up for $1 Billion

In a deal that marries two diet crazes, maker of a low-carb line of Atkins products, Simply Good Foods Co., picked up El Segundo-based Quest Nutrition for $1 billion.

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'Daycation' service ResortPass raises $9 million

A Santa Monica-based booking service that offers day passes to high-end hotels raised $8.7 million in a new funding round, according to an Aug. 19 Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

Health-Ade Brews Success

Drinks: Kombucha brand attracts Coca-Cola investment

L.A.-born Health-Ade is a leader in the $815 million kombucha industry, attracting investments from Coca-Cola Co. and venture capitalists.

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Jakks Spurns Chinese Bid

Troubled toy-maker sets $140M recapitalization plan

Toy-maker Jakks Pacific Inc. fends off a takeover bid from a Chinese toy and entertainment company looking to expand in the U.S.

Loot Crate Files Bankruptcy, Plans to Sell Assets

Loot Crate Inc., which sells subscription boxes of pop culture apparel and collectibles, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday.

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Exports Fall, Imports Flat as Trade War Hits Southern California Ports

The U.S.-China trade war is pounding the San Pedro Bay ports. Import volumes were essentially flat year over year in July as exports declined 5.1%.

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Holding Pattern Around Boeing

AEROSPACE: Area suppliers wait for end to 737 Max woes

Southern California suppliers to Boeing Co. are in a holding pattern because of the grounding of 737 Max planes.

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Mattel Shares Tumble After Bond Sale Stopped Over Whistleblower Letter

Barbie-maker Mattel’s stocks tumbled Friday after the El Segundo-based company announced it terminated the sale of senior notes, so it could investigate an anonymous whistleblower letter.

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Ecommerce Apparel Co. Revolve Reports Loss in First Period Since Going Public

Social media fueled Revolve’s shares sank on Friday after the Cerritos-based ecommerce apparel company reported a $28 million loss.

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Gallant Pet Raises $7 Million to Store Canine Stem Cells

A Playa Vista-based company offering stem cell storage banks for canines raised nearly $7 million, according to SEC filings.

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Beyond Meat Loses Sizzle

FOOD: Stock slides as competitors gain ground

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Mendocino Taps New CEO

RESTAURANTS: Miles joins from Zoës Kitchen

Mendocino Farms names a fast-casual pro as its new CEO.

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Alibaba Courts LA Businesses

Chinese ecommerce giant wants US cos. to sell wholesale on its site

Chinese ecommerce giant wants US cos. to sell wholesale on its site

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Chinese Aluminum Magnate Indicted in $2 Billion Tariff Scheme

Feds say scheme played out at ports and in Southland warehouses

Chinese billionaire and founder of one of the world’s top aluminum companies has been indicted for evading $1.8 billion in U.S. tariffs on products he shipped in through the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports and stockpiled in warehouses around Southern California.

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Investors Lose Taste for Beyond Meat

The El Segundo-based company’s shares, which saw their initial price jump to more than $230 from $25 since the company's Wall Street debut three months ago, stumbled in the day following the company's July 29 earnings report to below $200.

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LA Port Project is Derailed

Shipping: $130M facility sought to speed operations

Jonathan Rosenthal takes the Port of L.A. to court over nixing new cargo yard.

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Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Acquired by Philippine Restaurant Group Jollibee

The struggling Los Angeles-based chain Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is being purchased in a $350 million deal by the Philippine food giant Jollibee, best known locally for their drive-thru restaurants and bee mascot.

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SpaceX Fuels Industry’s Rebirth

AEROSPACE: Company’s alumni launch local ventures

Alumni of SpaceX are leading a renaissance in aerospace.

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Labor Unions Gaining Momentum

Potential for actions by workers increases

Unions across several industries are poised for action as the movement gains ground.

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Broadband Assets, Political Ads Drive Entravision

Media company focuses on Latino audience, boosts advertiser tech

SPECIAL REPORT: LARGEST PUBLIC COMPANIES

Deal Reached Over Automation at the Port of LA

Ending a monthslong fight over automation, the dockworkers’ union and operators of APM Terminals' Pier 400 reached a tentative agreement that provides training for workers to service the robots.

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Jury Rules Against Sriracha Maker Huy Fong Foods in Supplier Dispute

A Ventura County jury found earlier this month that Irwindale-based Huy Fong broke its contract with Underwood Ranches, committing fraud by mispresenting and concealing information.

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Furniture-maker Jonathan Louis Slashes Workforce

Furniture-maker Jonathan Louis has laid off workers and cut back production amid slowing demand for the wholesaler's sectional couches and other furnishings.

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Kaiser Permanente Workers Could Go on Strike

Nurses, surgical technicians and other union workers at nonprofit health care provider Kaiser Permanente will vote later this month on whether to authorize a strike as contract negotiations stall.

Trade Volume Declined During First Half of 2019

Shipping: Tariffs trimmed cargo at L.A., Long Beach

Shipping: Tariffs trimmed cargo at L.A., Long Beach

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Gig Law Could Hit Truckers

SMALL BUSINESS: Cause for concern among contractors

SMALL BUSINESS: Cause for concern among contractors

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Ghee Maker Raises $8M in New Funds

Food: 4th & Heart looks to upgrade operations, launch new product line

Food: 4th & Heart looks to upgrade operations, launch new product line

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Cargo Volumes Down at L.A., Long Beach in First Half 2019

The ongoing trade war with China dampened volumes at the San Pedro Bay ports as imports declined 3.3% in the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2018.

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Ghee Maker 4th & Heart Raises $8 Million in Series C

Venice-based 4th & Heart, which makes butter-alternative ghee, has raised a new round of funding as it pushes to make its 'ancient food' brand a household name.

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Joan Weinstein to Lead Getty Trust Philanthropic Arm

The $10.9 billion J. Paul Getty Trust named Joan Weinstein, known for her work on the multivenue art series 'Pacific Standard Time,' to lead its philanthropic arm, the Getty Foundation.

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Aging Cars May Rev Up Local Firm

AUTOS: Aftermarket parts seller projects solid growth

AUTOS: Aftermarket parts seller projects solid growth

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Stakes are High in Grocer Talks

RETAIL: Strike could hit hard for stores and union

RETAIL: Strike could hit hard for stores and union

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Shares in Motorcar Parts Soar on News of Mexico Plant, Pricing Plans

Torrance-based Motorcar Parts of America Inc. shares shot up after executives forecast a 14% to 18% rise in sales in the coming fiscal year.

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Hospital Shifts to Mental Health

HEALTH CARE: Glendora move eliminates 184 jobs

HEALTH CARE: Glendora move eliminates 184 jobs

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Hospital Shifts to Mental Health

HEALTH CARE: Glendora move eliminates 184 jobs

HEALTH CARE: Glendora move eliminates 184 jobs

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Automation to Roll Into LA Port

TRADE: Pier 400 to install diesel-powered equipment

SEAPORTS Pier 400 at the Port of L.A. to automate with hybrid equipment.

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Cos. Seek Tariff Relief

TRADE: More than 10,000 applications filed so far

Companies seek tariff exemptions as U.S.-China dispute continues.

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