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  • *Euro zone agrees to launch bailout for Greece. *J.C. Penney, Nordstrom rise after results. Aug 14- U.S. stocks ended a volatile week higher on Friday after upbeat U.S. economic data and as euro zone finance ministers agreed to launch a third bailout program for Greece.

  • *J.C. Penney, Nordstrom rise after strong results. J.C. Penney and Nordstrom both rose after the department store chains posted better-than-expected quarterly results. J.C. Penney was up 5.1 percent at $8.48 while Nordstrom jumped 3.7 percent to $77.72 and was among the biggest percentage gainers in the S&P 500, while the S&P retail index was up 0.4 percent.

  • Most big casino stocks suffering, but not this one Friday, 14 Aug 2015 | 2:33 PM ET
    Guests playing a slot machine at the Plainridge Park Casino in Massachusetts.

    Investing in gambling? Shares of PENN, a domestic casino company on the move, stand out with the rest of the industry in flux.

  • *King Digital, El Pollo Loco slump as results disappoint. *J.C. Penney, Nordstrom rise after strong results. The positive data comes at the end of a choppy week during which China devalued its currency, hitting markets and derailing predictions of a rate hike.

  • Aug 13- Restaurant chain operator El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc's quarterly comparable sales fell short of analysts' estimates as the number of diners visiting its outlets fell for the first time since the company went public last year. The company's shares slumped 14 percent to $15.71 in extended trading on Thursday, just shy of the IPO price of $15.

  • SYDNEY, Aug 13- Fast food may be falling out of favour in many countries around the world but companies are making healthy profits and boldly innovating in the unlikely market of Australia. That makes Australia a hotbed for innovation by companies including homegrown firm Domino's Pizza Enterprises Ltd, McDonald's Corp and Yum! Domino's, which operates in six...

  • Aug 13- Restaurant chain operator El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc reported weaker-than-expected quarterly comparable sales as the number of diners visiting its outlets fell for the first time since its debut. El Pollo Loco, known for its specialty fire-grilled chicken, reported a 3.9 percent fall in customer traffic to company-owned restaurants in the second...

  • El Pollo Loco Q2 same-restaurant sales miss estimates Thursday, 13 Aug 2015 | 4:11 PM ET

    Aug 13- Restaurant chain operator El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc reported weaker-than-expected quarterly comparable sales as the number of diners visiting its outlets fell for the first time since its debut. Net income rose to $7.2 million from $6.6 million a year earlier. Total revenue rose 3 percent to $89.5 million in the quarter.

  • The US Web company that's figured out China Thursday, 13 Aug 2015 | 11:24 AM ET
    Darren Huston, president and CEO of Priceline.com

    Despite the three U.S. Web giants failing to crack China, Priceline seems to be succeeding. Thus far, anyway.

  • Can you stop people smoking...everywhere? Thursday, 13 Aug 2015 | 8:38 AM ET

    The Royal Society for Public Health has called on the government to introduce a "smoking exclusion zone around pubs, bars and schools."

  • SYDNEY, Aug 13- Fast food may be falling out of favour in many countries around the world but companies are making healthy profits and boldly innovating in the unlikely market of Australia. That makes Australia a hotbed for innovation by companies including homegrown firm Domino's Pizza Enterprises Ltd, McDonald's Corp and Yum! Domino's, which operates in six...

  • Apps, Wi-Fi and more: S.Korea's 'love hotels' modernize Tuesday, 11 Aug 2015 | 11:29 PM ET

    The grimy windows and red bedroom lights are disappearing from South Korea's short-stay hotels as they move upmarket to lure younger guests.

  • Aug 10- Hamburger chain Shake Shack Inc, known for its indulgent hormone- and antibiotic-free burgers and sides, on Monday reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and sales, sending its shares up 8.3 percent in after-hours trading. For the second quarter, Shake Shack's same restaurant sales included 16 domestic company-operated units- six of which...

  • Aug 10- Hamburger chain Shake Shack Inc, known for its indulgent hormone- and antibiotic-free burgers, rich shakes and crinkle-cut french fries, on Monday reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and sales, sending its shares up 8 percent in after-hours trading. For the second quarter, Shake Shack's same restaurant sales included 16 domestic...

  • Shake Shack jumps 10% after topping estimates Monday, 10 Aug 2015 | 4:02 PM ET
    A Shake Shack location in Chicago.

    Fast casual burger chain Shake Shack also raised guidance and announced a proposed second offering.

  • Lo: Cordis aims to deliver genuine hospitality Thursday, 6 Aug 2015 | 8:31 PM ET
    Lo: Cordis will aim to deliver genuine hospitality

    Lo Ka Shui, chairman of Langham Hospitality Investments, discusses the company's introduction of a new upscale five-star global hotel brand called Cordis.

  • LOS ANGELES, Aug 6- McDonald's Corp said on Thursday it laid off in July 135 employees at its U.S. headquarters and 90 corporate employees posted overseas as part of a major restructuring at the fast-food chain, which has been fighting to reverse a long sales slump. McDonald's Chief Executive Steve Easterbrook in May announced plans cut $300 million in costs by...

  • Hotel industry urges gov't to reject Expedia-Orbitz deal

    The hotel industry is going public in its efforts to block Expedia's $1.3 billion acquisition of Orbitz. CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports.

  • *Wendy's adj profit $0.08/ shr vs est. Aug 5- U.S. burger chain Wendy's Co reported quarterly same-restaurant sales above analysts' estimates as a move to revamp restaurants and add new menu items helped attract customers. The rise in Wendy's same-restaurant sales was in sharp contrast to a 0.7 percent drop at McDonald's Corp, the world's biggest fast-food chain.

  • Aug 5- U.S. burger chain Wendy's Co reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit as the company franchised more of its outlets and faced fierce competition from fast-casual dining chains such as Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. Net income rose to $40.2 million, or 11 cents per share, from $29 million, or 8 cents per share, a year earlier. Excluding items, it earned 8...