October 23, 2010 |
Shares of City National Corp. jumped Friday after the Los Angeles bank said its third-quarter profit quadrupled thanks to a continuing trend of fast-growing deposits, rising fee income and shrinking loan losses. City National earned $34.4 million, or 65 cents a share, in the latest quarter, up from $8 million, or 5 cents, a year earlier. Revenue climbed 11% to $254.5 million, reflecting the acquisition in the last year of three failed banks in La Jolla, San Diego and Las Vegas.
April 22, 2010 |
Microsoft Corp. reported fiscal third-quarter revenue that missed analysts' most optimistic predictions, a sign that corporate customers may be putting off computer purchases. Sales rose 6.3% to $14.5 billion, compared with analysts' estimates that were as high as $14.8 billion for the quarter that ended March 31. While Microsoft's Windows business has benefited from increased consumer purchases of personal computers, corporations have hung back, avoiding spending on new machines and contracts with the Redmond, Washington-based software maker.
January 7, 2010 |
General Motors Co. could make a profit this year following years of massive losses, according to a tempered prediction by Edward J. Whitacre Jr., the automaker's chairman and interim chief executive. Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Whitacre said he was "pretty pleased" with how the restructured GM was operating after its emergence from bankruptcy in July. But he noted there was much more work to do -- primarily in persuading consumers that GM makes "quality" vehicles that are "cool to drive."
April 29, 2010 |
An uproar over hefty rate hikes for Anthem Blue Cross customers in California is taking a bite out of the insurer's revenue, but its parent company nonetheless reported soaring profit Wednesday. WellPoint Inc. said that earnings jumped 51% during the first three months of the year compared with the same time last year, even as it lost money in California after state regulators forced it to delay premium increases of as much as 39% for thousands of customers who buy their own insurance.
May 10, 2012 |
Sony Corp., anxious to leave behind a year plagued by floods, earthquakes, economic turmoil and a record $5.6-billion loss, vowed Thursday to return to profitability this year. The Japanese consumer electronics and media giant forecast that it would increase revenue 14% and post a modest $366-million profit this fiscal year, thanks to aggressive cost-cutting and top-to-bottom reorganization that would de-emphasize its once-dominant television business and focus on more profitable products.
May 1, 2012 |
DineEquity Inc., the Glendale-based owner of IHOP Restaurants and Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar, is making a heavy push toward franchising. More than 95% of the company's thousands of restaurants are now owned by entrepreneurs, DineEquity said Tuesday when it announced its first quarter earnings . The franchise model helps keep the company's balance sheet from wild swings, leading to a 5.5% boost in profit to $31.3 million, or $1.64 a share, from $29.7 million, or $1.53 a share during the same quarter a year earlier.
September 17, 1994
Dear Oliver Stone: If you profit from your new film, "Natural Born Killers," are you not that which you criticize? JULIE VETTER Santa Monica
January 29, 2013 |
Strong business in North America helped Ford Motor Co. post a big increase in fourth-quarter profit Tuesday, excluding a tax adjustment last year, but the automaker is still being hurt by Europe's economic malaise. The nation's second-largest automaker earned $1.6 billion in the latest quarter, up 55% from a year earlier. For the year, earnings slipped 5% to $5.7 billion. The results don't include the effect of 2011 changes in valuation allowance against deferred tax assets, which greatly increased net income last year.
February 14, 2013 |
General Motors Co. profits grew substantially in the fourth quarter, but for all of 2012, the company made less money than it did the year before. GM said its fourth-quarter profit grew 89% to $892 million from the same period a year earlier. For the entire year, profits sank 36% to $4.9 billion as earnings in North America leveled and losses in recession-plagued Europe mounted. Sales rose to $39.3 billion in the fourth quarter, up from $38 billion in the same period a year earlier.
July 29, 1990
Profit (in this instance) as any schoolchild could tell Campbell, is the sales price less the selling expenses and the cost price (including any costs of improvement). Period. Shame on the L.A. Times for publishing this simple writer's theory as if touted by an expert. CLIVE KENNEDY Beverly Hills Don Campbell replies: When in his question my letter writer used the word "profit" when he clearly meant "equity," my first instinct was to change the copy accordingly.