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March 20, 1998 | RUSS STANTON
Santa apparently unloaded some extra goodies on Upsilon Corp., the Irvine company that was the subject of a four-part series in The Times during the holiday season. Sales in the three months ended Dec. 31--the company's fiscal second quarter--surged 21% to $2.37 million from $1.96 million in the same year-earlier period. The privately held company, which owns three small music stores and a wholesale CD distribution business, doesn't disclose profits.
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March 20, 1998 | RUSS STANTON
Santa apparently unloaded some extra goodies on Upsilon Corp., the Irvine company that was the subject of a four-part series in The Times during the holiday season. Sales in the three months ended Dec. 31--the company's fiscal second quarter--surged 21% to $2.37 million from $1.96 million in the same year-earlier period. The privately held company, which owns three small music stores and a wholesale CD distribution business, doesn't disclose profits.
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BUSINESS
December 19, 1997 | RUSS STANTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's 5:20 p.m. and Todd Semm is in a hurry. Jesse's Books & Music of Cottonwood, Ariz., needs 300 CDs and the Federal Express truck will arrive at the warehouse in 10 minutes. Standing at the shipping counter, it is Semm's job to make sure that the packing list matches what's in the two boxes in front of him and that the shipping label has been properly scanned into the tracking computer.
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January 2, 1998 | RUSS STANTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Heather Johnson couldn't put her finger on it, but something didn't feel quite right. It was 1 p.m. on the day before Christmas and the CD Listening Bar store she manages in Irvine wasn't very busy. "There aren't as many people here as I would have thought," said Johnson, waiting for any of the dozen or so customers to bring a purchase to the counter. For retailers like Johnson, the 1997 holiday season held true to form right until the end.
BUSINESS
January 2, 1998 | RUSS STANTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Heather Johnson couldn't put her finger on it, but something didn't feel quite right. It was 1 p.m. on the day before Christmas and the CD Listening Bar store she manages in Irvine wasn't very busy. "There aren't as many people here as I would have thought," said Johnson, waiting for any of the dozen or so customers to bring a purchase to the counter. For retailers like Johnson, the 1997 holiday season held true to form right until the end.
BUSINESS
December 19, 1997 | RUSS STANTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's 5:20 p.m., and Todd Semm is in a hurry. Jesse's Books & Music of Cottonwood, Ariz., needs 300 CDs, and the Federal Express truck is arriving in 10 minutes at the Irvine warehouse. Standing at the shipping counter, Semm must make sure the packing list matches what's in the two boxes in front of him and that the shipping label has been properly scanned into the tracking computer.
BUSINESS
November 27, 1997 | RUSS STANTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If all goes as expected today, Upsilon Corp. will post the best single-day sales figure in its history. Looking for a competitive edge, Irvine-based Upsilon's three music stores began holding Thanksgiving Day 50%-off sales on used compact discs in 1994. The result, according to President Jeffrey C. Walker: "Thanksgiving used to be our worst day of the year, by far. Now, it's the busiest."
BUSINESS
December 5, 1997 | RUSS STANTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The soothing melody of "Miracle" by the dance electronica group Olive wafts through the air. The relaxing aroma from 100 different varieties of incense calms the nerves. It's a warm and lazy Monday afternoon at the CD Listening Bar, and the tranquillity is especially evident at the Irvine music store's cash register. Between 4 and 5 p.m., only six customers make purchases. But the store's owner, Upsilon Corp., can afford a bit of down time.
BUSINESS
December 19, 1997 | RUSS STANTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's 5:20 p.m., and Todd Semm is in a hurry. Jesse's Books & Music of Cottonwood, Ariz., needs 300 CDs, and the Federal Express truck is arriving in 10 minutes at the Irvine warehouse. Standing at the shipping counter, Semm must make sure the packing list matches what's in the two boxes in front of him and that the shipping label has been properly scanned into the tracking computer.
BUSINESS
December 19, 1997 | RUSS STANTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's 5:20 p.m. and Todd Semm is in a hurry. Jesse's Books & Music of Cottonwood, Ariz., needs 300 CDs and the Federal Express truck will arrive at the warehouse in 10 minutes. Standing at the shipping counter, it is Semm's job to make sure that the packing list matches what's in the two boxes in front of him and that the shipping label has been properly scanned into the tracking computer.
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