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June 26, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
3Com Corp., the world's No. 3 maker of computer-networking equipment, reported a fiscal fourth-quarter loss Wednesday and said that falling demand was behind a 41% slide in revenue. The company said it sees no sign of improvement in the current quarter. The loss from continuing operations was $98.2 million, or 27 cents a share, contrasted with a profit of $4.68 million, or 1 cent, a year earlier. Sales at the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company fell to $175 million.
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July 15, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Rambus Inc. said second-quarter profit fell 36% because of higher legal costs racked up as the memory chip designer sued rivals to protect its patents. Net income fell to $5.36 million, or 5 cents a share, from $8.32 million, or 8 cents, a year earlier. Sales jumped 14% to $40 million. Los Altos, Calif.-based Rambus sued Samsung Electronics Co. for alleged license infringement June 6, adding a new case to legal battles with Hynix Semiconductor Inc. and Micron Technology Inc.
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October 7, 2003 | Terril Yue Jones, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way for Rambus Inc., a maker of computer chip interface technology, to proceed with its patent-infringement lawsuit against Infineon Technologies and take its case to a jury. The justices rejected Infineon's bid to end the suit and reinstate a jury finding that Rambus committed fraud while pursuing patents for high-speed chips that became an industry standard. Los Altos, Calif.
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May 23, 2003 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
Wet Seal Inc., which sells trendy clothes to girls and women, continued Thursday to pile up losses in the first quarter as comparable-store sales slumped almost 26% compared with the previous year. But the company's stock price jumped 15% as investors focused on the positive as some analysts said the retailer finally could be gaining traction as it tries to turn its business around. Shares closed at $10.05, up $1.32, on Nasdaq. The Foothill Ranch-based company lost $8.
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October 30, 2002 | From Reuters
Musical instruments and products retailer Guitar Center Inc. on Tuesday posted sharply higher third-quarter net income, helped by cost containment and an increase in same-store sales, but the company's revenue increase was lower than expected. The Westlake Village-based company posted net income of $4.4 million, or 19 cents a share, compared with $1.4 million, or 6 cents, in the third quarter of 2001. Net sales rose 13% to $257.4 million.
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December 17, 2004 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
Quiksilver Inc.'s annual sales swelled past $1 billion for the first time in fiscal 2004, a first for a "board sports" apparel manufacturer, a quintessentially Southern California enterprise. The Huntington Beach-based company, which makes clothing and gear for surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding, said revenue in the 12 months ended Oct. 31 rose 30% to $1.27 billion. Analyst Jeffrey Van Sinderen at B. Riley & Co.
BUSINESS
July 31, 2003 | Melinda Fulmer, Times Staff Writer
Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp.'s earnings jumped 52% in the second quarter, the company said Wednesday, as stronger sales of apparel and outdoor goods helped offset the dampening effects of poor weather. The El Segundo-based retailer, which went public in June 2002, said net income climbed to $6.3 million, or 28 cents a share, from $4.1 million, or 13 cents a share, a year earlier.
BUSINESS
January 8, 2003 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
The Christmas season has left executives at Guitar Center Inc. playing a happy tune. Shares of the Westlake Village-based retailer of guitars and other music equipment soared $3.94, or 23%, to $20.80 Tuesday on Nasdaq, a day after alerting Wall Street that it was raising its fourth-quarter earnings estimate after strong holiday sales boosted quarterly revenue to a record $335 million.
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February 17, 1999 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a deal that could help Interplay Entertainment bolster its operations and return to profitability, the struggling Irvine-based developer of video games said Tuesday that it has acquired a 49.9% stake in British competitor Virgin Publishing. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the transaction involves only a "minimal" amount of cash, said Brian Fargo, Interplay's chief executive.
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June 7, 2005 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
Sportswear maker Quiksilver Inc. said Monday that fiscal second-quarter profit rose 25%, aided by favorable exchange rates and rising international sales. The Huntington Beach company's global reach will only increase with its acquisition of Skis Rossignol of France, which Quiksilver said should be completed by the end of next month. Earnings for the quarter ended April 30 were $34.7 million, or 28 cents a share, compared with $27.8 million, or 24 cents, a year earlier.
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