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  • DUBLIN, Ohio— Wendy's reported a 4.8 percent fourth- quarter sales increase at established locations in North America as the burger chain pursues a makeover of its restaurants. Wendy's believes that the appearance of its stores will improve perceptions of its food. Wendy's earned $85.9 million, or 31 cents per share.

  • MIAMI— Federal transportation officials might soon be looking into a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that ran into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean over the weekend. Bill Nelson has called for the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate the voyage that forced frightened passengers into their cabins overnight Sunday as their...

  • Wyden's inquiry follows a recent Associated Press story that found nearly a third of panelists at a December meeting of the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee had apparent financial ties to painkiller manufacturers, including the maker of OxyContin. "These financial and professional relationships raise serious concerns about the...

  • Feb 8- Chipotle Mexican Grill stores will be closed for four hours on Monday for a nation-wide meeting for its restaurant employees on food safety, after several outbreaks of food-borne illnesses linked to the chain. Chipotle, whose sales and stock has been hammered by outbreaks of E. Coli and Norovirus linked to its chain, said in a tweet on Monday it would be live...

  • Chipotle urges workers to stay home if they're sick Monday, 8 Feb 2016 | 3:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Chipotle repeatedly told employees they need to stay home if they feel sick and the restaurant chain kept all its U.S. locations shuttered early Monday as executives went over new food safety procedures. "If you're feeling sick, especially if you've vomited, whether at work or at home, you need to let your manager or your field leader know right away," Moran...

  • WASHINGTON— The best places to look for work last month? Retail, restaurants and health care. Those sectors alone accounted for more than 140,000 added jobs, helping offset losses in such areas as mining, education and transportation.

  • The future of restaurants Friday, 5 Feb 2016 | 2:07 AM ET
    The future of restaurants

    Jonathan Segal, CEO of The ONE Group, discusses his company, which offers "experience-driven dining", and says business conditions are tougher today.

  • *Yum's China sales drop for first time in 2015. *China same-store sales improving for both brands. SHANGHAI, Feb 5- Yum Brands Inc, the home of KFC and Pizza Hut, is falling behind rival McDonald's Corp as the pair battle to revive flagging sales in China- a headache for Yum as it looks to spin off operations in its biggest market.

  • Feb 4- Real estate investment trust Hersha Hospitality Trust said it would sell seven hotels in Manhattan for $571.4 million to a joint venture it is setting up with China's Cindat Capital Management Ltd.. The hotels include the Holiday Inn Express Times Square, the Candlewood Suites Times Square, the Hampton Inn Chelsea and the Holiday Inn Wall Street.

  • Hersha sells seven Manhattan hotels for $571.4 mln Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 8:34 AM ET

    Feb 4- Real estate investment trust Hersha Hospitality Trust said it would sell seven hotels in Manhattan to a joint venture it will set up with China's Cindat Capital Management Ltd for $571.4 million. The hotels include Holiday Inn Express Times Square and Holiday Inn Wall Street. Cindat will hold a 70 percent stake in the joint venture, while Hersha will have a...

  • NEW YORK— Dunkin' Donuts, feeling squeezed by a discounting fight in the fast-food industry, is planning to jump into the game with its own deals. Wendy's, for instance, launched a "4 for $4" deal in October, which Burger King later one-upped with a "5 for $4" offer. He compared the situation to politics, noting that presidential candidates such as Donald Trump and Bernie...

  • SHANGHAI, Feb 4- Yum Brands Inc, the home of KFC and Pizza Hut, is falling behind rival McDonald's Corp as the pair battle to revive flagging sales in China- a headache for Yum as it looks to spin off operations in its biggest market. A Reuters analysis of same-store sales data suggests McDonald's is recovering faster in China than larger rival Yum as both seek to...

  • DUBAI, Feb 4- An investment firm led by one of Dubai's top businessmen, Mohamed Alabbar has agreed to buy a controlling stake worth $1.7 billion in Kuwait Food Co, from Kuwait's al-Kharafi family. Americana, which owns the Middle East franchises for popular fast food chains KFC and Pizza Hut as well as producing a range of branded consumer foods for markets...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— The Columbus airport is joining its counterparts nationwide in training employees to recognize signs of human trafficking in an effort to curb exploitation. Beginning this month, all 400 employees at Port Columbus International Airport will view a 30- minute video on spotting signs of trafficking. The awareness campaign in Columbus joins...

  • Feb 3- KFC owner Yum Brands Inc, which is spinning off its China business, reported worldwide system sales rose in the fourth quarter, helped by strong sales in China. Yum Brands said worldwide system sales jumped 6 percent in the quarter. Sales at established restaurants in China rose 2 percent, beating analysts average estimate of an increase of 1.9 percent,...

  • Feb 3- Yum Brands Inc, which is spinning off its China business, reported sales at established restaurants rose more than expected in the fourth quarter, helped by strong sales at KFC China. Sales at established restaurants in China rose 7 percent, with KFC China's same-store sales increasing 6 percent. Yum had said in October it plans to spin off its dominant China...

  • Yum's sales mixed in China, climb in US Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 4:36 PM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Yum Brands on Wednesday reported mixed quarterly results for its troubled China unit, which the company is spinning off. The Louisville, Kentucky company said sales rose 6 percent at established KFC restaurants in China, while its Pizza Hut sales fell 8 percent. "The marketplace has affected casual dining sales in general, which has had an impact on...

  • Feb 3- KFC owner Yum Brands Inc, which is spinning off its China business, reported sales at established restaurants rose more than expected in the fourth quarter, helped by strong sales in China. Global sales at established stores open for more than a year jumped 6 percent in the quarter, handily beating analysts average estimate of 1.80 percent, according to...

  • Soon we'll see how much America runs on Dunkin Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 3:06 PM ET
    Dunkin' Donuts

    As Dunkin' Donuts faces continuing challenges from growing competitors, analysts hold little hope for turnaround.

  • Intrawest Resorts reports 2Q loss Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 6:45 AM ET

    DENVER _ Intrawest Resorts Holdings Inc. on Wednesday reported a loss of $27.3 million in its fiscal second quarter. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 61 cents per share. Intrawest Resorts shares have climbed 7 percent since the beginning of the year.