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McDonald’s Comps Rise Higher in Q1 than Big Burger Competitors

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McPick poster on a McDonald's window. (photo by BMM)

OAK BROOK, Ill.—Amidst the burger wars the largest three burger chains continue to show strength. Of the big three, McDonald's same-restaurant sales were up the highest, by a Big Mac-sized 5.4 percent in the United States during the first quarter of 2016.

Restaurants Serve Cheaper Beef, Americans Are Loving It

Kentucky cow
Photo by D. Sniegowski

Burger and beef serving restaurants are discounting something fierce thanks to lower beef costs.

Big Restaurant Chains Grow Sales by 5% in 2015, Fast-Casuals Double That

Jimmy John's store front after the rain
(photo/bmm)

CHICAGO—In 2015 the 500 biggest restaurant chains accelerated sales growth in the United States to a 4.9 percent increase for the group as a whole, totaling an estimated $288 billion in sales.

Faced with European Antitrust, McDonald’s Could Go After US Franchisees

While the Service Employees International Union is pushing hard for higher wages for U.S. fast-food workers, augmenting strikes and protest with legal action, the recent news that a coalition of Italian consumer groups has filed a European Union antitrust action against McDonald's is disturbing, even for franchisees.

Burger King Joins the Cheap Meal Fray

Burger King is giving fellow franchisors McDonald's and Wendy's a run for their money after introducing its latest cheap fast food offer.

McDonald's Gold Card!? What's That?

Actor Rob Lowe let the cat out of the bag while he was a guest on the Jimmy Kimmel Show last week by flashing his McGold Card to Kimmel's vast viewing audience.

Wife of McDonald's Millionaire Franchisee Murdered

Lois Colley, 83, was found beaten to death on Monday afternoon at her 300-acre estate, Windswept Farm, in North Salem, New York.

Stressed Franchisees Struggling with McDonald's All-Day Breakfast

While McDonald's says that all-day breakfast is the number one request from customers, a survey of franchisees shows making that a reality is an ongoing frustrating struggle. 

Wendy’s CEO Brolick to Resign, Succeeded by CFO

Wendy's new CEO Todd Penegor. Photo:Wendy's webpage

DUBLIN—This morning Wendy's Company (NASDAQ:WEN) announced that its 67-year old chief executive officer and president Emil Brolick will officially retire in May 2016, a few months shy of his fifth-year anniversary as CEO.

Frustrated McDonald's Franchisee Sells His Restaurants, Speaks His Mind

Al Jarvis, 67, began working at McDonald's when he was 16, later becoming a franchisee.