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Restaurants recover from the pandemic, but things are far from normal

The Bottom Line: Looking at three years’ worth of same-store sales suggests the industry has recovered. But all of it is coming from price, suggesting chains are still losing customers.

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Reassessing McDonald's tech deals from 2019

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Reality Check: A number of ripples were evident in the business during the first half of the year. The question is, do they have staying power?