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October 19, 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
Surf wear's "A-list" has gotten increasingly crowded over the last year with established companies hanging tough as new labels have also vaulted to the top, local surf shop owners say. "There's a cat fight at the top that's absolutely unbelievable," said Dave Hollander, co-owner of Becker Surf N' Sport in Corona del Mar. The best-known companies, Quiksilver Inc.
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BUSINESS
September 30, 1999 | From Bloomberg News
Pacific Sunwear of California Inc., which sells casual apparel for young adults, said Wednesday it will double the number of its music- and sports-fashion stores as it expands by almost 28%. The Anaheim-based company, which operates the Pacific Sunwear and d.e.m.o retail chains, plans to add 125 stores to the 450 it will have at the end of its fiscal year in January, said Chairman and Chief Executive Greg Weaver, speaking at a Banc of America Securities conference in San Francisco.
BUSINESS
July 30, 1999 | LESLIE EARNEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mossimo Inc. reported its first quarterly operating profit in two years Thursday, as sales from ongoing operations rose 22%. Factoring in a one-time charge of $6.1 million, the Irvine-based clothing designer remained in the red. But Mossimo's improving numbers indicate that its internal reorganization is paying off, according to Chief Executive Edwin Lewis.
BUSINESS
July 21, 1999 | ROBIN FIELDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Irvine sportswear maker Mossimo Inc. said Tuesday it will pay $13 million to settle state and federal class-action lawsuits alleging it misled investors with falsely optimistic financial statements and progress reports. Company chairman Mossimo Giannulli disputes the allegation that Mossimo deceived shareholders, but said the deal would remove uncertainty at a time when the clothier is trying to retrench. "It's been an absolute distraction," he said. "We wanted to move on."
BUSINESS
July 8, 1999 | LESLIE EARNEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
St. John Knits Inc. changed hands Wednesday as the founding Gray family and a New York investment firm closed a deal to buy the upscale women's clothing company for $30 a share. St. John's stock ceased trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday. Shares closed Tuesday at $29.75, a three-month high. An affiliate of New York-based Vestar Capital Partners now owns 78% of the newly structured company, St. John Knits International Inc., while Chief Executive Robert E.
BUSINESS
July 2, 1999 | LESLIE EARNEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
St. John Knits Inc.'s buyers have kicked in $25 million more than expected and increased their bank debt after a sale of junk bonds to help finance the deal attracted insufficient interest amid fears of rising interest rates. "We ended up financing the deal at the worst possible time in the bond market," Jim Kelley, with New York-based Vestar Capital Partners, said Thursday. Vestar is buying the Irvine-based upscale women's clothing company with Chief Executive Robert E. Gray and his family.
BUSINESS
June 30, 1999 | Leslie Earnest
After a six-year absence from the market, Jimmy'Z surf wear will be reintroduced in August at an apparel-industry trade show. The brand, founded in the early 1980s by surfer Jim Ganzer, is now owned by Florida-based licensing company Trends Clothing Corp. The new Jimmy'Z line, which includes styles for men, women and children, will be designed at the company's Irvine office. Trends also makes clothing for Ocean Pacific, B.U.M. Equipment and Ecko Unlimited.
BUSINESS
June 29, 1999 | LESLIE EARNEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
St. John Knits Inc. shareholders agreed Monday to accept a $522-million buyout offer from the company's founders and a New York investment firm, capping off the upscale clothier's most tumultuous year since it went public six years ago. The $30-a-share offer from Chief Executive Robert E. Gray and his family and Vestar Capital Partners was approved by 91% of the 13.2 million shares that were voted Monday, said R. Brian Timmons, the Grays' attorney.
BUSINESS
June 19, 1999 | Times Wire Services
Shares of Wet Seal Inc. went on a roller coaster ride Friday, tumbling 18% in early trading before rallying to move into plus territory for the day in heavy Nasdaq trading. The activity came a day after the Foothill Ranch operator of fashion stores for young women warned that second quarter earnings will be disappointing because of slower sales. The stock traded as low as $21.75 a share before bouncing back to close at $26.88, up 50 cents. Volume totaled 2.
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