Tiffany Hsu

Writer

Tiffany Hsu no longer works for the Los Angeles Times. Previously, she wrote about the California economy, fast food, restaurants, retail and alternative energy for the Business section. A Bay Area native, UC Berkeley graduate and eternal Nor-Cal fan, she once worked for the San Francisco Bay Guardian. She also did a stint at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, where she developed a passion for sweet tea. She still has faith that someday she’ll find two economists who agree.

Recent Articles

  • McDonald's reports 'modest' sales increase in July amid strikes

    McDonald's reports 'modest' sales increase in July amid strikes

    In a boost that even Chief Executive Don Thompson described as “modest,” McDonald’s said its global same-store sales rose 0.7% in July. The gauge, which measures sales at stores open at least 13 months, also showed a 1.6% surge in the U.S., a heartening sign for a chain that has spent recent months...

  • Retail sales miss forecasts in July, raise back-to-school worries

    Retail sales miss forecasts in July, raise back-to-school worries

    Retail sales for July missed expectations as discounters and teen apparel stores struggled, causing Wall Street to fret about the fate of back-to-school shopping. A monthly gauge of same-store sales from Thomson Reuters found 4.2% growth from a year earlier, though analysts had expected a 4.4%...

  • Taco Bell expands waffle taco breakfast test

    Taco Bell expands waffle taco breakfast test

    Taco Bell is testing its popular waffle tacos in more locations starting this week, after the breakfast product sold well in its initial Southern California run. The fast food creation, which features eggs and sausage folded up in a waffle, became the best-selling morning menu item at the five...

  • Kellogg earnings show breakfast troubles

    Kellogg Co., maker of breakfast brands such as Cocoa Krispies cereal and Eggo waffles, said its U.S. morning foods unit suffered a 3.3% sales decline in the second quarter. Overall North American sales were up 3.3% to $2.4 billion, while the American snacks division soared 8%. But growth in the...

  • J.C. Penney says N.Y. Post report of CIT lending stoppage is untrue

    J.C. Penney Co. said a New York Post article on Wednesday reporting that commercial lender CIT Group Inc. had halted funds to some of its suppliers is untrue. In a statement Thursday, J.C. Penney said that CIT “continues to factor and support deliveries” from the department store chain’s vendors....

  • Whole Foods sales disappoint as grocery rival Sprouts goes public

    Whole Foods sales disappoint as grocery rival Sprouts goes public

    Sprouts Farmers Market Inc. shares are gearing up to hit the public market at higher-than-expected prices a day after Whole Foods Market Inc. let down Wall Street with its earnings. But when asked about the increasingly crowded natural and organic grocery space, Whole Foods Co-Chief Executive Walter...

  • TGI Fridays in N.J. fined for swapping fine liquor for cheap booze

    TGI Fridays in N.J. fined for swapping fine liquor for cheap booze

    Eight TGI Fridays restaurants in New Jersey will pay a $500,000 total fine to the state and will not contest charges that they served bottom-shelf drinks to customers who had ordered premium alcohol. The establishments, run by hospitality franchise company Briad Group, will shell out $400,000 for...

  • True Religion jeans brand names new CEO, leadership team

    True Religion jeans brand names new CEO, leadership team

    True Religion Apparel Inc., the Southern California denim company known for its pricey jeans, has named a new slate of executives several months after changing owners. David Conn was named the Vernon business’ new chief executive. Conn previously served as president of retail licensed brands for...

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