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  • Sep. 4, 2015, 3:21 PM
    • McDonald's Japan realized its first monthly gain in same-store sales in over a year and a half with a 2.6% increase in August.
    • The restaurant chain still lost market share during the month with major rivals recording stronger comps.
    • McDonald's (MCD -1.2%) owns 50% of the Japanese operator.
    | Sep. 4, 2015, 3:21 PM
  • Sep. 4, 2015, 7:28 AM
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  • Aug. 26, 2015, 9:01 AM
    • Burger King (NYSE:QSR) proposed today in several major newspaper advertisements a "truce" with McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) in the form of a partnership to operate a one-day pop-up store to sell a joint burger called the McWhopper.
    • Sales proceeds would be earmarked for the Peace One Day nonprofit organization.
    • A new Facebook post from McDonald's rejects the offer, saying a acknowledgement of friendly business competition and a commitment to raise global awareness will suffice.
    • "P.S. A simple phone call will do next time," writes McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook to his counterpart at the Restaurant Brands International property.
    | Aug. 26, 2015, 9:01 AM | 9 Comments
  • Aug. 26, 2015, 7:35 AM
    • McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) will expand testing of its Create Your Taste platform to another 30 locations in five states before a much broader U.S. roll-out.
    • An article in QSR Magazine highlights some of the frustrations of franchisees over the initiative.
    • The upfront cost is markedly high at $100K to $150, while some franchisees also complain on the limited upside from CYT since it doesn't apply to 70% of customers who order from the drive thru window.
    • Drawing repeat customers to CYT after the initial novelty wears off is also seen as an issue.
    | Aug. 26, 2015, 7:35 AM
  • Aug. 25, 2015, 9:54 AM
    • REIT talks tends to please investors of retail chains and give shares a jolt, but the strategy doesn't make sense uniformly.
    • In the case of McDonald's (MCD +1.9%), unloading valuable property and taking on lease payments doesn't make sense to some analysts.
    • Rental income from franchisees rose 26% over the last five years to $6.1B in 2014, a steadying influence against comp sales erosion.
    • The Golden Arches is facing pressure from some hedge funds to convert to a REIT to unlock value and buyback firepower.
    | Aug. 25, 2015, 9:54 AM | 4 Comments
  • Aug. 21, 2015, 11:31 AM
    • An effort by Chick-fil-A to expand into the Denver International Airport is meeting resistance due to the company's previous stances on same-sex marriage.
    • Politicians in Boston and San Francisco have voiced similar concerns over the chicken chain entering their cities.
    • The political issues could slow down a broader U.S. roll-out of Chick-fil-A  which  is a development that could benefit McDonald's (MCD -1.4%), KFC (NYSE:YUM), Hardee's, and others. The chains already have a one-day sales advantage in markets with Chick-fil-A stores due to the company's policy to stay closed on Sundays.
    | Aug. 21, 2015, 11:31 AM | 37 Comments
  • Aug. 21, 2015, 6:35 AM
    • McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) has signed its second deal with a Russian franchisee which will help it to expand in several remote Siberian regions.
    • Under the deal, Russia's GiD will open up to 20 fast-food restaurants in the Novosibirsk, Tomsk, Kemerovo, and Altai in coming years.
    • McDonald's, which has operated in Russia for 25 years, already has more than 500 restaurants in 120 Russian cities - servicing more than 1M customers per day.
    | Aug. 21, 2015, 6:35 AM
  • Aug. 19, 2015, 4:13 PM
    • McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) could see a 2.5% lift in sales at stores that introduce all-day Egg McMuffins, according to an internal corporate estimate.
    • Stores that opt to sell biscuit-based sandwiches during non-breakfast hours are tipped to see a 1.9% sales bounce.
    | Aug. 19, 2015, 4:13 PM | 20 Comments
  • Aug. 19, 2015, 4:18 AM
    • Following the corruption scandal at FIFA, corporate sponsors pondered whether to back away from the powerful marketing outlet, but it now looks like they are getting more involved.
    • Soccer's governing body is now scheduled to meet several of its commercial partners on Thursday, after Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) and Visa (NYSE:V) urged the creation of an independent group to oversee reforms.
    • FIFA collected $1.6B in sponsorship money in the four years leading up to the 2014 World Cup, nearly half of which came from its six top "partners" (Coke, Visa, McDonald's (NYSE:MCD), Adidas (OTCQX:ADDYY), Emirates and Hyundai (OTC:HYMLF)).
    | Aug. 19, 2015, 4:18 AM | 3 Comments
  • Aug. 18, 2015, 2:30 PM
    • McDonald's (MCD +0.3%) moves over $101 to a 13-month high as investors start to become more comfortable that a turnaround can take hold.
    • Looking ahead, the Street sees McDonald's Q3 same-store sales as coming in flat and Q4 at +0.3%, while UBS has more promising estimates of +1.3% (Q3) and +2.3% (Q4). Anything in positive territory could propel shares past the low $100s.
    • There's also an Investor Day event scheduled for November 10 that could be a major catalyst.
    • Previously: McDonald's roundup: Store trimming, breakfast and loyalty program tests, shares eye $100 (Aug. 13 2015)
    | Aug. 18, 2015, 2:30 PM | 29 Comments
  • Aug. 18, 2015, 9:04 AM
    • McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) is the top choice of the slice of consumers who like breakfast at any hour of the day, according to a survey from YouGov BrandIndex.
    • The chain was considered by 41% of "breakfastarians" for their next meal to top Subway, IHOP, Burger King, and Starbucks.
    • Chick-Fil-A, IHOP (NYSE:DIN), and Taco Bell (NYSE:YUM) made large jumps from their ranking six months ago.
    • McDonald's is only testing all-day breakfast in select markets at the moment.
    | Aug. 18, 2015, 9:04 AM | 7 Comments
  • Aug. 13, 2015, 1:56 PM
    • McDonald's (MCD +1.4%) trades higher after this week's revelation that it will close more stores than it opens.
    • Though the company's store trimming is the major story of the week, some analysts are watching what the impact on sales is at various markets which have introduced all-day breakfast and a mobile loyalty program.
    • Available to all, the current McDonald's iPhone app has been upgraded to include promotions (free sandwich for registering) as the restaurant chain plays catch-up with rivals in mobile interaction.
    | Aug. 13, 2015, 1:56 PM | 5 Comments
  • Aug. 12, 2015, 10:01 AM
    • Yum Brands (YUM -4.3%) slides to a 4-month low as concerns over sales in China mount amid a weaker local currency and broader macroeconomic question marks.
    • Shares of the restaurant company are down almost 9% from last week's high.
    • Starbucks (SBUX -1.6%) and McDonald's (MCD -0.9%) face the same foreign currency translation issue as Yum, but not nearly at the same scale.
    | Aug. 12, 2015, 10:01 AM | 13 Comments
  • Aug. 12, 2015, 8:42 AM
    • The Quarter Pounder sandwich from McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) has been increased in size by the company.
    • The pre-cooked patty is now 4.25 ounces after weighing in at 4.00 ounces previously.
    • The bump in size could lead to some pricing changes at the operator level. Pricing strategy and how McDonald's plays out premium burgers is seen as critical to its turnaround,
    • McDonald's Quarter Pounder breakdown
    | Aug. 12, 2015, 8:42 AM | 12 Comments
  • Aug. 12, 2015, 2:02 AM
    • McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) plans to shrink by 59 U.S. locations this year, attempting to reverse its worst sales slump in more than decade.
    • According to a franchise operations document, the chain is closing 184 restaurants and opening 125 new ones in 2015.
    • The move follows seven straight quarters of slumping sales across the nation, and marks the first time in 45 years McDonald's has closed more U.S. locations than it has opened.
    | Aug. 12, 2015, 2:02 AM | 3 Comments
Company Description
McDonald's Corp franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the food service industry. Its geographic segments include the United States, Europe, and Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa.
Sector: Services
Industry: Restaurants
Country: United States