Holiday 2015: Decent Economy, Weak Christmas Forecasts

By Andrew Asch | November 19, 2015

Solid growth is forecast for the upcoming holiday season, but don’t count on seasonal cheer coming from retail economists and analysts.

LA Private-Equity Firm Buys Specialty Store Chain

Classic styles with a touch of fashion have been the mainstay of J.McLaughlin, a small specialty-store chain founded in New York by two brothers in 1977.

Oaktree Capital Working on Buying Quiksilver

Oaktree Capital Management, the Los Angeles–based investment firm, is ramping up its effort to buy Quiksilver Inc. out of bankruptcy.

The Ins and Outs of Brand Building With Licensing, Investment and Social Media

Nearly 200 apparel-industry executives turned out to discuss brand-building strategies that ranged from social-media practices and licensing opportunities to gauging when to seek outside investment.

Ron Garber to Merchant Factors

Ron Garber, who most recently was the executive vice president and regional manager of First Capital Co., has been named an exclusive consultant with the Los Angeles office of Merchant Factors Corp.

American Apparel Focusing on Building New Product

American Apparel Focusing on Building New Product

Financial woes throw American Apparel into bankruptcy court.

Mergers, Acquisitions and Reorganizations: Finance Leaders Take a Look at the Months Ahead

We recently caught up with several finance-industry executives to talk about merger-and-acquisition opportunities and the challenges of balancing a business in the current economic environment.

Quarterly Report: Baby Boomer and Millennial Impact Leads the Economic Forecast for LAEDC

The economy is gearing up for a major shift as the huge baby boomer generation enters retirement and the even larger millennial generation begins taking a greater position in the workforce.

New Vice President at Rosenthal & Rosenthal

Rosenthal & Rosenthal Inc., a privately held domestic factoring and financing firm, has hired Martin Eckstein as vice president of business development.

Mid-Year Economic Forecast: Signs of Strength Tempered With Notes of Caution

California’s economic outlook for the remainder of the year is good, but it’s not exactly time to pop the champagne cork because the forecast is served with a helping of caution.

Job Growth Looks Positive in California and the U.S.

With the economy still ticking along, the unemployment rate in California and the rest of the country will continue to drop through 2016, according to the latest UCLA Anderson Forecast.

Quiksilver Scraps 2015 Outlook, Planning Comeback With Improved Supply Chain and Sales

Quiksilver Inc. reported results for its second fiscal quarter of 2015 and rescinded its previously stated financial guidance for the fiscal year, the surf giant noted that it would not provide an outlook for the rest of fiscal year, according to a company statement, which was released on June 9.

American Apparel Sees First Quarter Net Loss Jump

American Apparel reported that in the first quarter of this year it had a net loss of $26.4 million, or 15 cents a share, compared to $5.5 million, or 5 cents a share, last year.

Fast A/R Funding Buys Continental Business Credit

Fast A/R Funding, a 6-year-old specialty finance company based in Calabasas, Calif., has acquired Continental Business Credit for an undisclosed amount.

Lawsuit By Former Finance Director Cites American Apparel for Financial Misdeeds and Discrimination

Lawsuit By Former Finance Director Cites American Apparel for Financial Misdeeds and Discrimination

David Nisenbaum, the fired director of manufacturing accounting analysis and audit at American Apparel, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court on April 20 against his former employer. He maintains he was wrongfully fired because questioned the financial actions of John Luttrell, the chief financial officer of the company at the time Dov Charney was still the president and chief executive.

Quarterly Report: Finding the Secret Formula to Luring in Cautious Consumers

In the last year, gas prices in California have fallen 26 percent and the state’s unemployment rate has shrunk 1.3 percent, but skittish shoppers are still acting like there is a recession.