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HEALTH
September 20, 2010 | By Elena Conis, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Super-thick, creamy nonfat Greek yogurt has become a highly popular product, with the benefits of a high-quality protein. A few short years ago, Greek yogurt was a rarity on supermarket shelves. These days, however, brands and flavors abound. The super-thick, creamy yogurt has become a highly popular product — and with good reason, says Susan Bowerman, assistant director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition. "It has all the benefits of a high-quality protein without the fat and without the calories," she says.
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BUSINESS
December 22, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
When a toy designer's young daughter becomes fascinated by the gel-like beads in a flower vase, there is only one conclusion to draw: "There has got to be a toy in here somewhere," says Ron Brawer, a partner in the Maya Group and a toy industry veteran. The fast-growing Torrance company has gone on to develop dozens of playthings based on those transparent polymer pellets. One of those toys, a modified water gun called the Xploderz XBlaster 200, was a finalist for the 2012 Outdoor Toy of the Year Award from the Toy Industry Assn.
BUSINESS
June 23, 2012 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Like most guys, Eric Lugo wants to look handsome. But he doesn't want to be caught applying makeup. So the 26-year-old uses skin-care products with names like Kiehl's Facial Fuel and Lab Series' Power Brightening Serum. "I want to keep myself up and maintain my looks, but I'd never use anything that looks like it's made for my girlfriend," the Los Angeles banker said. "This stuff looks like it's for guys, not girlie at all, so I feel OK using it. " Retailers are seeing a booming market in cosmetics and skin care for men. But they face one big challenge - most guys are squeamish about products that seem too feminine.
BUSINESS
May 10, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
True Religion Apparel Inc., the Southern California purveyor of pricey designer denim, may have gotten too small for its britches. More than half a year after putting itself up for sale amid growth struggles and fluctuating stock, the high-end-jeans seller said its board unanimously accepted an $835-million takeover offer from investment firm TowerBrook Capital Partners. The $32-a-share deal for the Vernon label represents an 8.7% premium on Thursday's $29.44-a-share closing price and a 52% increase from the stock price Oct. 9, the day before True Religion said it would explore strategic alternatives.
IMAGE
January 29, 2012 | Adam Tschorn
Custom-made men's dress shirts were once considered the privileged peacockery of the moneyed set -- a dash of sartorial swagger that could be afforded only by Hollywood A-listers, Wall Street bankers and monocle-wearing aristocrats of a bygone era. But today, thanks to advances in technology, a competitive market and consumer demand, custom clothing has moved within the barrel-cuffed arm's reach of the common man. Click a button in Burbank and...
BUSINESS
July 3, 2003 | From Dow Jones/Associated Press
Sales of laptop computers in U.S. stores in May outpaced those of desktop computers for the first time, according to a survey by market research firm NPD Group. Laptops accounted for more than 54% of the nearly $500 million in retail computer sales in May, the Port Washington, N.Y., company said Wednesday. That compares with January 2000, when laptops represented less than 25% of sales volume, NPD said.
BUSINESS
February 6, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Sony Corp. is exiting the PC market, announcing Thursday that it was selling its Vaio personal computer division. The Japanese company said the move came after a "comprehensive analysis of factors, including the drastic changes in the global PC industry. " Sony said it had tentatively agreed to sell Vaio to Japan Industrial Partners Inc., a Japanese investment fund. The sale of Vaio is intended to help Sony better grow its mobile electronics business, which going forward would focus more on smartphones and tablets, the company said.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2001 | Greg Johnson
School uniform sales grew by 22% over the last two years, reaching $1.1 billion in 2000, according to NPD Group Inc., a Port Washington, N.Y.-based research firm. A survey of 9,000 U.S. households found that 14% of respondents with school-age children had at least one child who is required to wear a uniform. Uniforms now account for 5% of the $20.4-billion children's apparel market. NPD described uniform sales as a "significant share" of the overall children's apparel market.
BUSINESS
October 6, 2004 | From Reuters
Most Americans are planning to curb their holiday spending this year, making it a challenging shopping season for U.S. retailers, according to a holiday buying survey by NPD Group. Nine out of 10 consumers said they would spend the same amount as or less than they did in 2003. Americans plan to spend an average of $655 this holiday season, the survey showed Tuesday.
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