• NEW YORK, Nov 9- At a retreat for Merrill Lynch financial advisers in a luxury Orlando hotel last month, a group of several dozen men and women in business attire swung their arms back and forth over their heads to Kid Rock's "All Summer Long" to get their circulation going. The mild aerobics were part of a three-day event orchestrated by Chris Johnson, a wellness guru...

  • Oct 24- Shares of SodaStream International Ltd surged on Friday after the at-home soda machine maker said it would sell some PepsiCo Inc brands in a limited test. The 10- week trial will begin in a few weeks at Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Bed Bath& Beyond Inc in Orlando and Tampa, Florida, trade publication Beverage Digest reported. SodaStream shares surged as much as 24...

  • DETROIT/ ORLANDO, Oct 17- A fourth traffic death in a Honda Motor Co car has been linked to a defective air bag made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp, according to a county medical examiner in Florida. Hien Tran died on Oct. 2, four days after her red 2001 Honda Accord sedan struck another car in Orlando and the air bags exploded, sending shrapnel at the 51- year-old woman,...

  • BEIJING, Oct 13- Universal Studios said on Monday it had a sealed an agreement to open a $3.3 billion theme park in Beijing, the culmination of a 13- year effort to enter China's fast-growing entertainment market. Tom Williams, chief executive of Universal Parks and Resorts, told a news conference in Beijing that the park would also aim to draw visitors from...

  • ORLANDO/ LOS ANGELES, Oct 10- Darden Restaurants Inc lost its standoff with activist shareholder Starboard Value LP at its annual meeting on Friday, when stakeholders tossed out the Olive Garden parent's entire board in a rare victory for dissident investors. It also is a stinging defeat for Darden, which earlier this year alienated many investors by brushing...

  • FACTBOX-Darden, Starboard's dueling board nominees Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 6:00 AM ET

    -Michael Barnes, Darden director since 2012. Chief Executive Officer of Signet Jewelers Ltd.- Christopher Fraleigh, Darden director since 2008. Chairman and CEO of Shearer's Foods Inc.- Michael Rose, Darden director since 1995. Chairman of Midaro Investments Inc.- Maria Sastre, Darden director since 1998. President and chief operating officer of Signature...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 3- Bank of America Corps's Merrill Lynch cancelled what had been a traditional national leadership meeting last week and will instead hold smaller, regional gatherings. A Merrill Lynch spokeswoman said the decision to scrap the conference was based on new approaches to training, not cutting costs. Bank of America's Global Wealth and Investment...

  • The claim by Eco Agro Resources came in a court filing in U.S. District Court in North Carolina in early September in response to an August patent infringement lawsuit against it by Koch Agronomic Services.

  • Sept 25- Advisory firms Glass, Lewis& Co and Institutional Shareholder Services each have recommended that Darden Restaurants Inc investors back Starboard Value LP's 12- director slate, which would oust the embattled company's full board.

  • Sept 25- Advisory firms Glass, Lewis& Co and Institutional Shareholder Services each have recommended that Darden Restaurants Inc investors back Starboard Value LP's 12- director slate, which would oust the embattled company's full board.

  • YOUR MONEY-How to whittle down that wireless bill Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 11:04 AM ET

    Sept 17- If you're unhappy with your cell phone service- and really, who isn't? Verizon last month began offering a new $60 plan that previously would have cost users $90. T-Mobile countered with a low-price starter plan of $45 that comes with 2 GB of data.

  • A consumer-oriented rating agency, Weiss Rating, recently awarded the companies a median grade of C-minus, and even without a major storm to drive up claims, 11 of them have already failed in Florida since 2006, according to state records. "Things are moving in the right direction for Florida in attracting private capital.

  • ORLANDO, Fla., Sept 5- A U.S. judge has ruled that food servers and bartenders employed by Darden Restaurants Inc, which owns chains including Olive Garden, the Capital Grille and LongHorn Steakhouse, cannot sue the company as a group for alleged wage violations.

  • Rent or buy? The math is changing Thursday, 22 May 2014 | 10:22 AM ET
    Jenna Dillon-Gasparino, her son, William, and Rocky the dog in their house, which is on the market for sharply more than the family bought it for, just four years ago, in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles, May 19, 2014. In some markets, buying a house again looks like a perilous investment.

    New analysis shows that renting may prove to be a better decision than buying in major markets as prices rise and bargains disappear. The NYT reports.

  • Fast-food worker strike about to go global Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | 1:41 PM ET
    Fast food workers and activists protest outside of a McDonald's restaurant on March 18, 2014 in Oakland, California.

    They want higher pay. This is why the fast-food worker strike is about to become global. The movement has spread to other countries around the world.

  • Disney World unveils first new coaster since 2006 Tuesday, 6 May 2014 | 11:08 AM ET
    'Seven Dwarfs' coaster at Magic Kingdom

    Walt Disney World is preparing to open its first new roller coaster since 2006.

  • Florida's SunRail commuter train packed in debut Friday, 2 May 2014 | 3:49 PM ET

    A 31.5-mile new weekday transit route opened to over-capacity crowds this week in Orlando.

  • Theme parks 'out of reach' for some families Tuesday, 4 Mar 2014 | 12:59 PM ET
    The Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort.

    With admission to some amusement parks hovering around $100 per person, some families are considering other options.

  • Darden blames winter weather for lower sales Monday, 3 Mar 2014 | 11:27 AM ET

    Darden Restaurants estimated its third-quarter earnings to be lower than expected, blaming severe winter weather for lower sales.

  • Airports ramping up downtown rail connections Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014 | 2:53 PM ET
    In April 2013, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s Sky Train began service between the airport’s busiest terminal and Valley Metro Light Rail.

    Dallas, Seattle and other cities are connecting their airports to downtown by rail in hopes of easing headaches and attracting more business.