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Turnaround plan hurts McDonald's credit rating

May 05, 2015
McDonald's debt downgraded by one bond rating agency, and another might do the same...

May the Fourth be with you

May 04, 2015
May the Fourth is the unofficial Star Wars Day and an opportunity for cross-generation marketing....

Casual dining chains on the rebound

Apr 29, 2015
Visits to casual dining restaurants were flat over the past year, according to the NPD Group. That's a big improvement....

Fast-casual pizza is no threat to traditional chains

Apr 28, 2015
Fast casual pizza chains won't likely take much business from traditional chains, because they have different customers....

McDonald's performance is worse than you think

Apr 23, 2015
McDonald's U.S. same-store sales fell 2.6 percent in the first quarter. But factor out breakfast, and the number is worse....

Fertitta plans 10-acre Houston development, 1st Mastro’s in Texas

Apr 23, 2015
The development will combine a luxury hotel with offices and residential and retail offerings....

Ideas for protecting the planet

Apr 22, 2015
These restaurant chains are working toward a more sustainable planet....

Is it time to worry about bird flu?

Apr 21, 2015
The recent bird flu outbreak is long from affecting poultry prices, but restaurants should still keep a watchful eye on supplies....

Post Darden, restaurants more receptive to activists

Apr 17, 2015
Recent announcements by Panera, Jamba Juice show restaurants taking a more conciliatory tone with activists...

Could McDonald's USA follow Japan in closing stores?

Apr 16, 2015
McDonald's Japan is planning to close 131 underperforming stores there...

Blaze Pizza sees possible IPO in future

Apr 15, 2015
Fast-casual pizza leader gunning to be fifth-largest pizza brand within five years...

Are consumers eating out more than eating in?

Apr 15, 2015
Data show that consumers are eating out more often at restaurants...

Are consumers rejecting giant restaurant chains?

Apr 13, 2015
Four of the five largest restaurant chains in the country either saw a sales decline or were largely flat in 2014....

Can McDonald's go premium?

Apr 09, 2015
The chain has a long line of failed premium products...

Bojangles files for an IPO

Apr 06, 2015
Bojangles Inc. filed for an initial public offering Monday, making it the latest restaurant chain hoping to get rewarded by consumer investors on...

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