McDonald's

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McDonald's works to keep pace with its customers' quality demands

The Bottom Line: The fast-food giant’s improvement to its burgers is the latest menu upgrade in a bid to keep up with a competitive restaurant market.

Financing

McDonald's has a major impact on the U.S. economy

The fast-food burger giant contributes $76 billion a year to the U.S. gross domestic product, according to an economic impact report released this week. That impact is spread throughout the country.

McDonald’s and Chipotle have seen a shift in business from earlier in the day toward dinner, according to data from Placer.ai. And that shift seems permanent.

The company later this month will release a Double Big Mac because why not?

CEO Chris Kempczinski said that the war and “misinformation” are having a “meaningful business impact” at the chain’s Middle East restaurants and elsewhere.

The Bottom Line: The test of the drive-thru beverage concept has generated a huge amount of attention and interest. But its ability to become a real competitor in the beverage market will depend on how it does in two years.

McDonald’s Squishmallow Happy Meal will be available in restaurants nationwide, beginning Dec. 26.

The company plans to survey its franchisees next year on their employment of minors in a bid to determine whether training or other resources on child labor are necessary.

The Bottom Line: The burger giant generates $16 billion in global delivery sales, more than any other quick-service restaurant chain.

The Bottom Line: The specialty beverage business generates $100 billion a year worldwide. It’s also profitable and its customers are loyal.

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