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  • Marriott CEO: US economy growing  Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 7:41 AM ET

    Arne Sorenson, Marriott president & CEO, breaks down Marriott's second quarter results and weighs in on current travel trends, including trips to Russia.

  • McDonald's, franchisees liable in worker disputes Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 7:17 AM ET
    A worker puts together an order of Chicken McNuggets at a McDonald's restaurant in Little Falls, N.J.

    McDonald's and its franchisees can be held liable in complaints that the company violated employee rights, an official at the U.S. NLRB said.

  • July 29- McDonald's Corp, not just its franchisees, can be held liable in complaints that the company violated employee rights, an official at the U.S. NLRB general counsel Richard Griffin Jr. wrote in the letter that of the 181 complaints filed against the fast-food chain since November 2012 in connection with employee protests, 43 had merit.

  • Hilton Hotels goes high-tech  Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 7:44 AM ET

    Christopher Nassetta, Hilton Worldwide president & CEO, says Hilton Hotels are revolutionizing the hotel experience by offering guests the ability to check-in, select rooms and customize the hospitality experience all from their smartphones.

  • *McDonald's Japan has changed suppliers after scandal in China. TOKYO, July 29- McDonald's Holdings Co withdrew its earnings guidance for the year on Tuesday and said it was working on a contingency plan after a major meat supplier in China was shut down by regulators for food safety breaches.

  • July 28 (Reuters)- Darden Restaurants Inc said Clarence Otis would step down as chairman and chief executive officer, buckling under pressure from activist investors Barington Capital Group LP and Starboard Value LP.

  • Branson, whose investment in the airline is restricted by U.S. foreign investment rules, owns a 22 percent stake in Virgin America through the Virgin Group and a hedge fund.

  • Companies including Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc, Apple Inc and PepsiCo have shown they're able to take advantage of quality, trendiness, and, in the case of Pepsi's snack foods, market dominance, to maintain high prices or even raise them faster than the inflation rate, now at about 2.1 percent in the U.S.

  • El Pollo Loco shares rise 32 pct in debut Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 10:32 AM ET

    July 25- Shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc rose as much as 32 percent in their trading debut, valuing the restaurant chain at more than $700 million. The company raised $107.1 million after its initial public offering of 7.1 million shares were priced at $15 each, at the higher end of the range.

  • UPDATE 3-Dunkin' Brands cuts 2014 forecast; shares fall Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 11:32 AM ET

    July 24- Dunkin' Brands Group Inc cut its 2014 outlook on Thursday as its U.S. doughnut shops battled fast-food rivals like McDonald's Corp and high milk prices softened profits from its international Baskin-Robbins ice cream business. The company also cited weakness in its Baskin-Robbins joint venture in Japan for the reduction in its 2014 forecast.

  • Europe cruises account for 22 percent of the capacity in the company, whose cruise lines include Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruise. Royal Caribbean, which in April warned of pressure in its biggest market, the Caribbean, said the environment in the region remained "promotional".

  • July 24- Dunkin' Brands Group Inc cut its full-year forecasts on Thursday, as its U.S. Dunkin' Donuts shops battled fierce competition from fast-food rivals like McDonald's Corp and as high milk prices softened profits from its international Baskin-Robbins ice cream business.

  • July 24- Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, the world's second-largest cruise operator, reported a big jump in quarterly profit as demand for its European cruises rose and passengers spent more onboard.

  • July 24- Starwood Hotels& Resorts Worldwide Inc reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit as an increase in global business travel drove occupancy and room rates. The operator of the Sheraton and Westin chain of hotels also raised its full-year profit forecast to $2.78- $2.85 per share from $2.76- $2.83.

  • *China food regulator visits 581 food-related businesses. Shanghai police detained five people on Wednesday, including the head and the quality chief of Shanghai Husi Food, a supplier to foreign fast-food brands including KFC, McDonald's Corp and coffee chain Starbucks Corp over allegations it supplied out-of-date meat.

  • Starwood profit rises as occupancy, room rates rise Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 6:14 AM ET

    July 24- Starwood Hotels& Resorts Worldwide Inc, owner of the Sheraton and Westin brands, reported an 11 percent rise in quarterly profit as occupancy and room rates increased. The company's net income rose to $153 million, or 80 cents per share, for second quarter ended June 30, from $138 million, or 71 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • SHANGHAI, July 24- China's food regulator has visited close to 600 restaurants, businesses and food distributors as it investigates a fast-spreading food safety scare that has dragged in a number of global brands and hit food outlets as far away as Japan.

  • SHANGHAI, July 24- China's food regulator has visited close to 600 restaurants, businesses and food distributors, the watchdog said in a statement, in an investigation into a fast-spreading food safety scare. The safety scare has already dragged in U.S. chains McDonald's Corp, KFC-parent Yum Brands Inc and coffee giant Starbucks Corp..

  • Meat supplier in China food scandal grew with McDonald's Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 8:32 PM ET

    July 23- Eight months ago in front of a crowd of food industry executives gathered at a fancy Chicago hotel, a top McDonald's Corp executive lauded the boss of meat supplier OSI Group for his dedication to the fast-food giant's "McFamily".

  • CHICAGO, July 23- OSI Group, the U.S.-based meat supplier at the center of a new food safety scandal in China, on Wednesday admitted to problems at a plant in Shanghai that have cost the company business with top fast-food chain Yum Brands Inc..