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BUSINESS
February 23, 2000 | LESLIE EARNEST
Many companies have tried to expand by tapping into the county's youthful extreme-sports culture, which centers on such board sports as surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding. Now athletics-wear giant Nike Inc., which sells outdoor gear and skateboard shoes to the local market, is talking about zeroing in on beachwear. However, the Beaverton, Ore.
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BUSINESS
February 23, 2000 | Dow Jones
Sportswear maker Quiksilver Inc. said Tuesday that its board of directors has approved the repurchase of up to 2 million of the company's 22.4 million shares outstanding. The Huntington Beach company said Tuesday that the shares will be repurchased during the next 12 months. Quiksilver will fund the repurchases with existing cash, internally generated cash or through debt. Quiksilver stock gained 38 cents a share Tuesday to close at $10 on the New York Stock Exchange.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2000 | LESLIE EARNEST, Leslie Earnest covers retail businesses for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-7832 and at leslie.earnest@latimes.com
Most people don't mind exceeding their goals, but when Holly Sharp reached hers last year, she slammed on the brakes. The designer, who in 1998 launched her Lucy Love clothing line for young women, said she cut off sales when they doubled in the first year to control growth and distribution.
BUSINESS
February 2, 2000 | LESLIE EARNEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Feeding on youth's ongoing fascination with extreme sports, Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. is aggressively expanding nationwide, opening larger stores and pushing into territory as far afield as Puerto Rico. The Anaheim-based retailer of casual clothes for teens and young adults will open 125 stores this year, matching last year's expansion and bringing its total number of stores to 575 by the end of 2000. By the end of 2003, it expects to be operating about 1,000 stores.
BUSINESS
December 29, 1999 | Leslie Earnest, Leslie Earnest covers retail businesses for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-7832 and at leslie.earnest@latimes.com
Ocean Pacific Apparel Corp. will roll out a new collection targeting the core surf market at the Action Sports Retailers trade show in February. Ocean Pacific, which sponsored the OP Pro surf contest in Huntington Beach until this year, has named its new line Op Pro. It will be in stores in June.
BUSINESS
December 29, 1999 | Leslie Earnest, Leslie Earnest covers retail businesses for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-7832 and at leslie.earnest@latimes.com
Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. has decided to shorten the name on its store signs to the catchier PacSun. "The kids have been calling us PacSun for years," Chief Financial Officer Carl Womack said. "It's kind of just something that was going to happen." The shorter name also is less likely to make people think the company sells just T-shirts and swimsuits, he said: "It's more neutral than Pacific Sunwear."
BUSINESS
December 16, 1999
Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. said Wednesday that it will sponsor ESPN's 2000 Winter X Games in Mt. Snow, Vt., and launch a yearlong television advertising campaign in February. The Anaheim casual apparel retailer expects to air about 1,000 television spots during the year, mainly on sports, comedy and music stations. In addition, Pacific Sunwear will increase its national print advertising substantially, mainly in magazines aimed at teenagers and young adults.
BUSINESS
December 2, 1999 | LESLIE EARNEST, Leslie Earnest covers retail businesses for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-7832 and at leslie.earnest@latimes.com
Quiksilver Inc., which built its name on surfing, is now sponsoring snowboard parks at Mammoth Mountain and Big Bear. The Huntington Beach-based surfwear maker has been sponsor of the Quiksilver Terrain Park at Bear Mountain since October. The new Mammoth Mountain Unbound Park opened on Thanksgiving. "We're trying to do anything we can to support the snowboard industry," Quiksilver spokeswoman Diana Pecci said Monday.
BUSINESS
December 2, 1999 | LESLIE EARNEST, Leslie Earnest covers retail businesses for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-7832 and at leslie.earnest@latimes.com
Surfboard shaper Greg Noll and surfwear industry veteran John Bernards intend to open their new apparel company, Greg Noll Oceanwear, in January in San Clemente. "We're just looking at space now," said Bernards, chief executive of the new venture. "We've already got orders rolling in the door for this sportswear, so we'll start out with 2,000 to 3,000 square feet." Noll, who has been shaping surfboards since 1951, previously licensed out his name to a Long Beach sportswear maker.
BUSINESS
October 29, 1999 | LESLIE EARNEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fashion designer Mossimo Inc., continuing its rebound from a nearly disastrous move into higher-end apparel, on Thursday reported its first quarterly net profit in two years. The Irvine company said it earned $1 million, or 7 cents a share, for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, compared with a net loss of $3.4 million, or 23 cents a share, for same time period last year. Sales spiked 85% to $20.3 million from $11 million.
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