November 2, 1989 |
Japan's powerful Trade Ministry summoned the president of computer giant NEC Corp. today to reprimand him for cutthroat bidding, just one day after giving a similar dressing-down to rival Fujitsu. Japanese officials said they worried that 1-yen (less than 1-cent) bids made by the two companies for major computer software contracts inside Japan would give fresh ammunition to U.S. critics of Japanese business practices.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1985 |
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that federal charges filed against three Los Angeles-area electroplating firms it accuses of violating the Clean Water Act mark the opening of the second stage of an enforcement effort to rid sewers of toxic chemicals. "These are the first cases of this kind filed in this district," Assistant U.S. Atty. Joseph Butler said Wednesday.
September 18, 1985
A spokesman for the partnership formed by Atlantic Richfield, Bank of America and a subsidiary of RCA said that Eastdil Realty and First Boston Real Estate, both of New York, will help develop a marketing strategy for the twin 52-story Arco Tower offices, located at 5th and Flower streets. Arco and B of A intend to lease back space in the buildings, which serve as Arco's world headquarters and the Southern California headquarters for Bank of America.
December 13, 1986 |
For years now, civic leaders downtown have told each other that the Metro Rail subway is essential for Los Angeles to become a "world city" and center of Asian commerce. Accordingly, a Metro Rail milestone was passed Friday with a major Japanese firm, Ohbayashi Corp., emerging as the leading candidate to dig the first subway tunnel through downtown next year. Sealed bids for the huge job were read publicly shortly after 2 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1985 |
Fear of "hackers" and electronic whizzes is spurring some Southern California corporations to tighten security at their computer installations. But many companies have hardly protected their computer systems at all and could be sitting ducks for electronics experts eager to steal secrets or money, according to a recent Price Waterhouse study.
April 5, 2013 |
The number of businesses owned by women in the United States has increased 59% since 1997, according to an estimate from American Express. Those 8.6 million firms are generating more than $1.3 trillion in revenue and employing nearly 7.8 million people, according to the 2013 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report from American Express Open, a small-business arm of the company. California leads the nation with an estimated 1.1 million businesses owned by women, employing 983,000 people and generating about $198 million in sales, according to the report.
February 26, 2009 |
The Federal Communications Commission has slapped more than 660 small telecommunications firms with a total of $13.3 million in fines for failing to certify that they're keeping customer information safe. The FCC's action is part of its attempts to tighten the rules governing customer information. Reports surfaced in recent years that private investigators and "data brokers" were able to elicit phone records and other information from firms. Last year the FCC required for the first time that companies certify that they were following regulations on customer information.
May 3, 1989 |
Fakes of goods ranging from Cartier watches to heart drugs are getting more convincing, costing firms around the world a fortune, an independent British business magazine said today. Director magazine said packaging and quality of counterfeits are now of such a high standard that customers find it virtually impossible to distinguish them from the real thing. "Counterfeit goods are now being produced and sold on an epidemic scale and are costing firms hundreds of millions of (dollars)
June 7, 1986 |
The exodus of U.S. companies from South Africa has grown dramatically in the past year and a half and has reached a new, more critical stage: Now, more American firms with large work forces there are leaving, considering leaving or reducing their operations. Firms with hundreds of employees in South Africa, such as General Electric and PepsiCo, are among 50 American companies that have pulled out since the beginning of 1985, including 12 so far this year.
July 7, 1985 |
CoElco Ltd., the fledgling conglomerate that acquired nine Southland companies during the past year, is now struggling to trim expenses, pay off debts and ward off the lawsuits of bitter businessmen who accuse the company of breaking the promises it made when acquiring their firms. The troubled Fountain Valley company is also the target of a deepening investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission, which suspended trading of CoElco stock for 10 days in April.