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  • NEW YORK, Oct 30- Starbucks Corp, the world's biggest coffee chain, sees no supply shortages in beans, even as drought and disease hinder crops in Latin America and prices remain near 2012 highs. Starbucks still needs to buy one-third of its coffee needs for 2015, Chief Financial Officer Scott Maw told analysts on a conference call about fourth-quarter and...

  • Oct 30- Starbucks Corp on Thursday reported sales at established cafes in its U.S.-dominated Americas region that missed Wall Street expectations in the latest quarter, despite the early return of the popular Pumpkin Spice latte. The Americas region contributes the majority of Starbucks revenue. "We grew traffic, but it was at a bit of slower clip," said Troy...

  • UPDATE 2-Hotel group Accor takes battle to online rivals Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 11:29 AM ET

    PARIS, Oct 30- Accor will spend 225 million euros over five years to beef up its digital business, the hotel company said on Thursday, responding to competition from online booking rivals such as Expedia and Booking.com. Europe's largest hotel group's traditional competitors are the likes of InterContinental, Marriott and Starwood, but it faces multiple...

  • Guess what it may cost to see LeBron in Cleveland Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 12:53 PM ET
    Fans wearing LeBron James shirts gather at a bar in downtown Cleveland on July 11, 2014.

    Now that LeBron James is back home in Cleveland, ticket prices for the Cavaliers' home opener are going through the roof of the Quicken Loans Arena.

  • Oct 28- J. Alexander's Holdings Inc, a casual-dining chain operator backed by Fidelity National Financial Inc, filed with U.S. regulators on Tuesday for an initial public offering of its common shares. J. Alexander's will join the list of casual dining chains, including El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc and Zoe's Kitchen Inc, that have listed this year.

  • Oct 28- Marriott International Inc raised its profit forecast for the year as more business travelers and tourists pay higher rates to stay at its hotels in North America. With a greater percentage of its hotels in North America than Starwood Hotels& Resorts Worldwide Inc, Marriott was less affected by the strong dollar and Ebola concerns that dragged on its...

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 28- Taco Bell on Tuesday debuted its mobile app that allows customers to place an order, customize their food, access special offers and pay from their phones. "We believe mobile ordering and payment is the biggest innovation since the drive-thru," Taco Bell President Brian Niccol said in a statement. Taco Bell's website as well as its Twitter, Tumblr...

  • Taco Bell, fast-food rivals push toward mobile ordering Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 11:26 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES, Oct 28- Taco Bell on Tuesday debuted its mobile app that allows customers to place an order, customize their food, access special offers and pay from their phones. The move from the chain owned by Yum Brands Inc comes as restaurant chains, including McDonald's Corp and, seek ways to use mobile technology to drum up more business and speed up service times.

  • *Sees FY 2014 profit $2.79- $2.80/ shr vs est $2.84. Oct 28- U.S. hotel operator Starwood Hotels& Resorts Worldwide Inc forecast a full-year profit below Wall Street estimates, citing volatility in international markets and the strengthening U.S. dollar. Starwood, which operates the Sheraton and Westin chain of hotels, said it expected a full-year 2014 profit of...

  • UPDATE 1-Starwood Hotels profit beats as travel rises Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 9:26 AM ET

    Oct 28- Starwood Hotels& Resorts Worldwide Inc reported a slightly higher-than-expected quarterly profit, as a rise in travel drove up occupancy and room rates. Starwood said it expected a full-year 2014 profit of $2.79- $2.83 per share, below the average analyst estimate of $2.84. Total revenue fell 1 percent to $1.49 billion, missing analysts' average estimate...

  • Oct 28- Starwood Hotels& Resorts Worldwide Inc reported a 31 percent fall in quarterly profit, hurt by a fall in revenue in its residential business. The company's net profit fell to $109 million, or 59 cents per share, for the third quarter ended Sept.30, from $157 million, or 81 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue from sales of residential units fell to $2 million...

  • Oct 27- Dunkin' Donuts will begin selling a combination croissant-donut early next month, an official said on Monday, as the coffee shop chain follows a popular pastry hybrid that has drawn hordes to a New York bakery. The ring-shaped croissant-donut will feature a "delicate and flaky croissant ring that is glazed like a donut" and debut Nov. 3 at specific U.S....

  • Dallas consumers hunkered down during Ebola scare Monday, 27 Oct 2014 | 9:16 AM ET

    New York's Ebola case has investors wondering if there will be any economic impact from the scare. If trends in Dallas are any indication, there could be.

  • GrubHub should be 'a way of life' for foodies: CEO Saturday, 25 Oct 2014 | 1:00 PM ET
    GrubHub CEO Matt Maloney sits for a photograph during an interview in Chicago.

    GrubHub wants a bigger bite of the $70 billion takeout market, and is eyeing an untapped group that still orders food the traditional way,

  • NYC tourism, travel unfazed by Ebola worries Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 5:02 PM ET

    Hotel, restaurants and museum officials said they did not expect tourists to stay away from New York City after a doctor was diagnosed with Ebola.

  • New from Fatburger: A bun made of...meat Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 12:32 PM ET

    Fatburger has rolled out a new "Skinny Burger" that has a lot of meat, but apparently not a lot of calories.

  • Oct 23- Dunkin' Brands Group Inc on Thursday warned that this year's sales at established U.S. Dunkin' Donuts coffee shops will be weaker than forecast as more chains try to take a bite out of the fast-food breakfast business. Shares in the company, which reaps roughly three-quarters of total revenue from its U.S. Dunkin' Donuts business, dropped 3.5 percent to...

  • Oct 21- McDonald's Corp Chief Executive Officer Don Thompson owned up to some corporate image problems on Tuesday after it posted a nearly one-third drop in quarterly profit and warned that its global restaurant sales would fall again this month. Stock in the fast-food chain, which Thompson conceded is sometimes seen as little more than "a manufacturing plant,"...

  • Oct 21- McDonald's Corp reported a 30 percent fall in quarterly profit due to a food scandal in China and tough competition in the United States, and the world's largest restaurant chain said these factors were expected to hurt current-quarter results. McDonald's business in Europe, its biggest market, was hurt by issues in Russia and Germany.

  • McDonald's quarterly profit falls 30 pct Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 8:11 AM ET

    Oct 21- McDonald's Corp reported a 30 percent fall in quarterly profit, hurt by a food scandal in China and intense competition in the United States. The company's net income fell to $1.07 billion, or $1.09 per share, in the third quarter ended Sept. 30 from $1.52 billion, or $1.52 per share, a year earlier. Total revenue at the world's largest restaurant chain fell 4.6...