KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says it's been a tough winter for the box office.Susanne Whatley: Hollywood movie studios may have struggled in recent months, but Disney’s prequel to "The Wizard of Oz” did very well in its opening weekend.
KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says price will be a major factor when it comes to selling the Times.Susanne Whatley: The owner of the L.A. Times is selling all its newspapers. We heard Warren Buffett say yesterday he is NOT interested.
KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says sequestration wouldn't have a major impact on the Southland.Steve Julian: As we head toward Friday's deadline on federal sequestration, we get an idea of how it'll affect Southern California's economy.
KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says Texas Governor Rick Perry's plan may be misguided.Steve Julian: Mark, what's working for or against him?Mark Lacter: First off, Steve, his timing in trying to recruit businesses out here is pretty bad.
KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says American Airlines is close to a deal with US Air.Steve Julian: Mark, what impact will this have on L.A.?Mark Lacter: Whenever two big airlines are combined, Steve, it often means fewer flights and higher fares, but a lot depends on the individual markets they're serving.
KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says tech and media companies keep expanding along the West Coast.Steve Julian: Mark, one of those pockets is near Los Angeles?Mark Lacter: Steve, when you do traffic reports in the morning, how often are there tie-ups on the westbound 10 headed to Santa Monica?Julian: Only on weekdays that end with a Y…Lacter: Well, that's a nice little barometer of economic activity in L.