Business briefs (July 17)

July 16, 2014 

Kress Live in Biloxi seeks DJs

BILOXI -- The management at Kress Live at Vieux Marche is searching for resident DJs.

Chase Taylor, president of Kress Live, said customers want to see Las Vegas-style electronic entertainment. DJs are asked to email their demos to and then appear at the concert series that starts Friday. This week's concert features Anax.

The first two sets will be open decks where DJs will be called out to play a set and this will be their audition. Taylor said they hope to attract experienced and up-and-coming DJs.


Ship Island Excursion gets TripAdvisor award

GULFPORT -- Ship Island Excursions has received a 2014 certificate of excellence award as a top performing attraction from TripAdvisor.

The award is presented to businesses that consistently achieve outstanding travel reviews on TripAdvisor website. To qualify, businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five to qualify, and have volume and recent reviews. Other criteria are the businesses' tenure and popularity ranking on the site.

Airbus chief watching Google, Facebook

LONDON -- Thomas Enders, the chief executive of the Airbus Group, said at this week's Farnborough International Air Show near London, that he is closely following the recent acquisitions of satellite and drone companies by deep-pocketed Silicon Valley firms like Google and Facebook.

He is intent on learning how the companies integrate those activities into their businesses and is considering the possibility of future collaborations. He cited the recent forays by a number of blue-chip tech companies into satellites, drones and even rocket launchers.

VW passes GM in global auto sales race

DETROIT -- Volkswagen bumped General Motors out of second place in the global auto sales race during the first half of the year, but Toyota is expected to stay in first place.

GM said Wednesday that it sold 4.92 million cars and trucks worldwide from January through June. VW said it sold 4.97 million.

Toyota won't release first-half numbers until later this month. But it was in first place at the end of the first quarter.

Toyota finished first last year with a record 9.98 million sales. General Motors Co. finished second and VW third.

-- Staff, wire reports

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