February 17, 2014 |
Korean automakers, Toyota and Volkswagen all had a rough time with the California auto market last year. Hyundai experienced the biggest market-share slide of any auto brand, according to the California New Car Dealers Assn. The South Korean automaker's share of the Golden State's car market slipped to 3.9% from 4.6%. Corporate sibling Kia fell to 3.4% from 3.7%. Combined, the Koreans lost a full percentage point of market share in California last year. Photos: California's best selling cars Although market leader Toyota's sales continue to rise, other brands are starting to catch up. Toyota's share of the California market dipped from a dominating 19.1% to a still-impressive 18.5%.Second-place Honda is still far behind at 12.1%, unchanged from the previous year.
January 30, 2014 |
Harley-Davidson is bullish on the year just past and even more so on the year ahead. Executives from the massively successful Milwaukee company told investors Thursday that fourth-quarter revenue and earnings were up over the same period last year, with robust activity expected for 2014. They're counting on continued strong sales from their traditional line, but also considerable new business from their new Street 500cc and 750cc motorcycles. STORY: Dirt bikers bring new life to ghost town That smaller, lighter, more fuel-efficient bike, the company believes, will develop a very broad new customer base of younger, more urban riders domestically and abroad.
December 30, 2013 |
While Apple and Microsoft saw their share of laptops sold to businesses and other organizations in the U.S. decrease in 2013, Google dramatically increased its portion of sales. From January through November, Google sold 1.76 million Chromebook laptops in the U.S., up from 400,000 during the same period in 2012, according to a recent report by NPD Group . that tracked sales through commercial channels. That includes devices that were sold to businesses, government agencies, schools and other organizations.
December 27, 2013 |
After a slow start, Molina Healthcare Inc. is looking for bigger enrollment in California's health insurance exchange in the next three months. The publicly traded company based in Long Beach had only 521 enrollees in the Covered California exchange, or less than 1% market share, through Nov. 30. Molina has traditionally served patients enrolled in Medicaid and other government programs, so its presence on nine state exchanges across the country...
December 22, 2013 |
Apple Inc. announced Sunday that it has finalized a deal to sell the iPhone through China Mobile, the world's largest mobile phone carrier. The deal has been in the works for years as Apple sought to gain a stronger foothold in this crucial smartphone market. Apple has been selling the iPhone through smaller carriers in China, but the reach of these companies collectively still left Apple as the fifth-largest seller of smartphones in the country Photos: Top 10 tech fails of 2013 Although Apple's new product launches tend to draw the most frenzied attention, analysts have long said a deal with China Mobile was the single most important thing the company could do to re-ignite its rate of growth, which had been slowing over the last year.
December 20, 2013 |
The bitcoin faithful are ever on the lookout for signs that their virtual currency is as good as cash, more than a speculator's dream and not merely a device for criminal transactions. So you can expect them to make a lot out of the announcement that you'll soon be able to pay for goods at the retail website Overstock.com with bitcoins. Some news reports already have proclaimed Overstock the first "major" retailer to accept the things. That may be stretching the term "major" a bit--Salt Lake City-based Overstock mostly sells closeout merchandise for manufacturers looking to liquidate old inventory quickly and cheaply--but let it go. The real question is whether this places bitcoins anywhere near on par with the currencies you're familiar with, like dollars and euros, or whether it's mostly a marketing gimmick.