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June 29, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Each year, Andy Ruben bought his daughter new shinguards for soccer, stashing the old gear and waiting for the replacements to labor through the delivery system to his door. But as he watched local girls outgrow their own sports equipment, Ruben realized that the items he wanted were gathering dust in garages and closets around his neighborhood. "Our whole retail model over the last 50 years has focused on keeping the industrial machine churning out items," said Ruben, who until 2007 had an up-close view as the head of sustainability at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the king of mass-produced goods.
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November 27, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
For most of the last five years, Parabellum has been a kind of two-man exercise in stealth luxury, with co-founders Mike Feldman and Jason Jones meticulously producing a range of high-end, low-profile leather goods from a converted garage in a residential stretch of Hollywood not far from a Honda dealership. The concept behind the line sounds deceptively simple: Pair smooth, military-grade, high-tech ceramic hardware with deeply textured free-range American bison leather in an exquisitely constructed assortment of goods encompassing $350 wallets, $795 Kevlar-reinforced belts, $2,150 women's handbags with black ceramic ball-and-claw feet and $2,800 duffel bags.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2009 | Times Wire Services
Demand for U.S. durable goods unexpectedly fell in August, signaling that companies are planning to curb spending on concern that gains in sales will not be sustained. Orders for goods meant to last several years dropped 2.4%, the worst performance since January, the Commerce Department said. Excluding transportation equipment, orders were little changed.
BUSINESS
May 3, 1989 | From Times wire services
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2009 | Robert Abele
It ain't pretty to look at, makes a lot of noise when it runs, and has more than a few features that don't function, but the car dealership comedy "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard" has a beater's clunky, fast-moving charm. Set in the world of crass, battle-fatigued automobile salesmen and produced by the machismo-skewering team of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay ("Anchorman," "Talladega Nights"), it doesn't set out to be the raunchiest or silliest or dumbest movie you've ever seen.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Lest men get lost in the feminine hygiene section or the towering array of probiotic yogurts, a New York grocery store has created a testosterone haven: a so-called man aisle stocked with all the goods a dude could desire. It's a supermarket man cave of sorts, according to the New York Post . The dedicated aisle at Westside Market NYC features steak sauce, condoms, booze, deodorant, razors and other gentlemanly necessities. The grocery store's selection of beer sits next to the special section, dubbed the "Aisle of Man. " Elsewhere in the market, customers can find more evolved fare, such as Apollinaris sparkling mineral water imported from Germany, organic produce and Kashkaval cheese.
BUSINESS
March 15, 2010
$120.1 billion Value of goods exported to other countries from California in 2009 17.1% Decline in value of goods exported from California in 2009 compared with 2008 15% Share of goods exported from the state in 2009 that went to Mexico, based on value 29% Share of goods exported from the state in 2009 that were computers and electronic products, based on value Source: U.S....
BUSINESS
September 6, 2008 | Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writer
In the midday heat of downtown Los Angeles, Chris Johnson squints at the jeans-clad plastic buttocks of mannequins lined up in Fashion District storefronts. He's looking for something special: a horseshoe design stitched in the jeans' back pockets. He passes stores selling counterfeit Coach bags and Prada sunglasses, then heads down an alley to a store where two men are checking their cellphones and looking bored. "Have any True Religion, size 6?" he asks. One of the shopkeepers looks around to make sure no one else is nearby, then disappears into a back room.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1992
In response to "Unlevel Playing Field Debunked," by Steven Moore, Commentary, April 10: There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics. Moore says in one breath "Americans imported . . . $800 from Japan per capita." Two paragraphs later he says "the typical American purchased $357 worth of Japanese products." Which is true? Both. The first takes into account capital goods and non-consumer goods and services. The second, consumer goods only! He conveniently ignores total imports of American goods per capita by Japan, thereby disallowing the most important comparison: total imports per capita.
BUSINESS
January 13, 2012 | By Don Lee
Europe's prolonged debt crisis is starting to take bite out of American exports, a troubling sign for domestic manufacturers and the broader economy. The government said Friday that the U.S. trade deficit jumped 10% in November from the prior month, to $47.8 billion, the highest level since June. The unexpectedly big increase came largely from a rise in oil imports. But there was also a sharp drop in U.S. exports to Europe and smaller declines to Asia and South America, where economies also are slowing a bit. American shipments of capital goods, industrial supplies and cars all dipped over the month.
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