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Dunkin’ Same-Store Sales Cool, Baskin’s Sizzle in Q3 2014

Dunkin' Donuts

CANTON, Mass. – Growth in same-restaurant sales for Dunkin' Donuts franchise owners in the United States came in at a disappointing 2 percent in its third quarter of 2014 compared to 4 percent for the same period last year. Sister company Baskin-Robbins recorded a stellar 5.8 percent in U.S. same-store sales.

After Worst Drop since 2003, McDonald’s Vows to Change

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OAK BROOK, Ill. – In the aftermath of what analysts are calling its worst drop in same-store sales in over a decade, McDonald's vows that it will change. McDonald's Corporation announced last Tuesday that its U.S. same-restaurant sales were down 3.3 percent for the third quarter of 2014.

A Big Reason McDonald's Is Losing Market Share

McDonald's sales have softened recently, and the company may continue to lose ground in the future — with its biggest competitive hazard coming not from its burger rivals, but from family-friendly

Franchises Ready to Accept Apple Pay at Today's Launch

McDonald's, Panera Bread, RadioShack and Subway will be among the well-known brands accepting Apple Pay at today's launch nationwide.


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Striking worker, May 2014; Photo by Chris Dilts

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Quick service restaurant workers are expected to demonstrate in 150 cities throughout the United States for a $15 minimum wage. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) on Wednesday blogged that fast-food workers from Atlanta to Alameda "will walk off their jobs to show that they can't wait any longer for companies like McDonald's to raise their pay."

California Senate Sends Fair Franchising Bill to Gov. Brown

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Inside view of Sacramento capitol dome. photo/KatieCarr

SACRAMENTO—The California state senate voted 23 - 9 late Thursday in favor of SB 610, a bill that strengthens franchisor good faith relations with franchisees. It is now ready for Governor Jerry Brown's signature to become law.

Baloney, Big Macs, the NLRB and Franchise Advocacy

A column last week in the Los Angeles Times, entitled “The NLRB-McDonald's Ruling Could Be the Beginning of a Franchise War” is another example of how top franchise industry ‘experts’ and ‘talking heads’ too frequently lack sufficient knowledge about the facts and theories they are discussing.

Fast Food Burgers Losing Popularity

Americans are losing their taste for burgers and fries, according to financial analysts at Janney Capital Markets.

Can Franchise Agreements Protect Franchisors from Liability as Joint Employers?

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has created a buzz within the franchise community by announcing that McDonald's may be responsible as a "joint employer" for alleged unfair labor practices of some of its franchisees. Employees of franchisees have filed more than 180 unfair labor practice charges against both the franchisees and McDonald's.