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The Economy

Franchise establishments in the United States lost 4,800 jobs in May, according to ADP Research Institute. That is the highest loss of franchise jobs since September 2018.

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Mergers & Acquisitions

Quebec-based investment and franchising firm MTY Food Group Inc. announced yesterday that it has finalized its acquisition of franchising firm Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc.

Dawn Sweeney launches National Restaurant Association Meeting, 2017
Leadership change

The National Restaurant Association and National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation announced yesterday that President and CEO Dawn Sweeney will step down when her contract expires at the end of the year.

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McDonald’s USA has teamed up with AARP and the AARP Foundation to add more seniors to its work force. The addition of older workers will help alleviate the effects of the tight labor market as the firm prepares to hire about 250,000 people for the summer.

Briefings from Other Trade Journals

According to results of a survey of over 400 North American firms, 83 percent of small business owners ask their accountant for technical advice.

Disgruntled American, Japanese and Australian 7-Eleven franchisees have been in the news. In the U.S., executive board members of the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees (NCASEF) as well as 7-Eleven franchise owner association leaders have been urging Congress to strengthen federal protection of franchise owners.

Adding delivery service has been a recent major change in the restaurant business, but Applebee’s biggest franchisee, with over 400 locations, is reconsidering just how good it really is for business, not only now but going forward.

Looking for improved profits? Here are five uncomplicated ways to bring your franchise business to the favorable attention of more people.

Steve Easterbrook, McDonald's CEO, discusses the chain's remodeling, vegan burgers, franchisees, employment relations and more. CNBC's Carl Quintanilla hosts.

What appears to be Chick-fil-A’s first location outside of North America will be at a Honolulu address that a Burger King now occupies. It is directly across the street from a McDonald’s.

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