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April 30, 1989
For these companies, fiscal year-end 1988 data was not available. In all tables in which they are listed, data was derived from the previous four quarters and is compared to the 1987 fiscal year. Fiscal Latest Company year-end quarter used 3COM Corp May Second Amgen Inc. Mar. Third Armor All Products Corp. Mar. Third Barry's Jewelers Inc. May Second Brajdas Corp. Feb. Third C&R Clothiers Inc. Jan. Third Carl Karcher Enterprises Jan. Third Cherokee Group Inc. May Second Cimco Inc. Apr. Third Collins Foods International Apr. Third Computer & Commun.
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January 1, 1995 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After years of isolation and feisty regional rivalries, Iran is seeking to regain a prominent role in Asia through a new array of alliances with its southern Arab neighbors and Muslim nations to the north. And in stark contrast to the virulent, often violent past campaign to export its Islamic revolution, Iran's priority is now increasingly economic--sometimes even at the expense of its earlier ideological goals.
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BUSINESS
April 30, 1989 | LINDA WILLIAMS, Times Staff Writer
In some quarters, Maxxam Inc. wouldn't rate as anybody's favorite corporation. The Los Angeles-based real estate development company has a history of attracting negative publicity, including a loud chorus of condemnation over the accelerated cutting of redwood trees after its move into California's lumber industry in 1986. But investors applauded last year when Maxxam bought KaiserTech, the parent of Oakland-based Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical. Maxxam's shares rose 225% in the past year, showing the greatest stock price appreciation of all California companies surveyed by MZ Group of San Francisco.
BUSINESS
April 30, 1991 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Los Angeles County's larger companies, 1990 was a year of difficult adjustments. Many had to shift into a cutting mode to cope with the recession that began last year--chopping prices to stimulate sales, slashing costs to minimize losses or trimming dividends in line with shrinking profits. Ironically, as many businesses struggled in the difficult economic environment, one troubled industry--aerospace--recovered, at least for the year.
BUSINESS
May 1, 1990 | JONATHAN WEBER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ask Orange County executives what makes the local economy tick, and they'll tell you about real estate, and medical products, and hospitals, and high tech. But the hottest new arrival on the Orange County business scene is a low-tech apparel company that owes its success to the surfing set. By establishing itself as the style leader in surf wear, Quiksilver Inc. has rocketed to 18th place on The Times 100 list, which ranks companies according to average return on equity over a two-year period.
NEWS
April 24, 1988 | CHRIS KRAUL and GREG JOHNSON, Times Staff Writers
Tiny bubbles provided a big payoff for investors in Molecular Biosystems, the leader on The Times' list of top stock performers for San Diego County. Microscopic bubbles called "microspheres" are the basis of the company's new ultrasound imaging agent that may be the first to enable cardiologists to see real-time images of blood flowing through the heart.
BUSINESS
April 30, 1991 | CHRIS KRAUL, SAN DIEGO COUNTY BUSINESS EDITOR
The number of San Diego County companies on The Times 100 list jumped to six in 1990, up from only two in the previous two years. Two of the leaders on the two-year average return on equity list, which was developed by MZ Group of San Francisco, are old standbys: WD-40, the manufacturer of the familiar all-purpose lubricant that comes in the blue and yellow can, and Price Co., the inventor of the membership warehouse concept, which now has 67 locations nationwide and in Canada.
BUSINESS
May 1, 1990 | PATRICK LEE and JANE APPLEGATE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles County suffered some heavy blows last year. First was the nation's worst financial fiasco: the savings and loan industry. The county is a center for big S&Ls, and by year-end some were reporting the biggest losses in the industry. The most notable: Columbia Savings, with its stash of junk bonds shrinking in value by the day.
BUSINESS
May 1, 1990 | JONATHAN WEBER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ask Orange County executives what makes the local economy tick, and they'll tell you about real estate, and medical products, and hospitals, and high tech. But the hottest new arrival on the Orange County business scene is a low-tech apparel company that owes its success to the surfing set. By establishing itself as the style leader in surf wear, Quiksilver Inc. has rocketed to 18th place on The Times 100 list, which ranks companies according to average return on equity over a two-year period.
BUSINESS
April 30, 1989 | CHRIS KRAUL, San Diego County Business Editor
San Diego's only two companies on this year's Times 100--lubricant manufacturer WD-40 in the 12th spot and discount warehouse operator Price Co. in at 39th--have proven themselves durable leaders in the world of retailing. Detractors have been saying for years that WD-40's familiar blue cans of lubricant and Price's chain of membership-only shopping depots were concepts too simple to withstand the inevitable onslaught of competition. Yet both companies remain prosperous, growing and two of the state's top-performing companies in terms of return on equity over a two-year period.
BUSINESS
April 30, 1989 | LINDA WILLIAMS, Times Staff Writer
In some quarters, Maxxam Inc. wouldn't rate as anybody's favorite corporation. The Los Angeles-based real estate development company has a history of attracting negative publicity, including a loud chorus of condemnation over the accelerated cutting of redwood trees after its move into California's lumber industry in 1986. But investors applauded last year when Maxxam bought KaiserTech, the parent of Oakland-based Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical. Maxxam's shares rose 225% in the past year, showing the greatest stock price appreciation of all California companies surveyed by MZ Group of San Francisco.
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