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McDonald's quits Crimea as fears of trade clash grow

By Natalia Zinets KIEV (Reuters) - McDonald's announced on Friday it had closed its restaurants in Crimea, prompting fears of a backlash as a prominent Moscow politician called for all the U.S. fast food chain's outlets in Russia to be shut. Crimea's annexation by Russia, which Ukraine and the West do not acknowledge, has worried companies with assets in the Black Sea peninsula as it is unclear how the change may impact their business.

McDonald's suspends work in Crimea due to 'manufacturing reasons'

KIEV (Reuters) - McDonald's has suspended work at its restaurants in Crimea for "manufacturing reasons", the U.S. fast food chain said on Friday, adding it hoped to resume work as soon as possible. In a statement on its Ukrainian website, McDonald's said it would offer its employees in Crimea work at "any other McDonald's restaurants in Ukraine" and would help relocate them. (reporting by Natalia Zinets, writing by Elizabeth Piper, editing by Lidia Kelly) nL5N0MW12Y

McDonald's Chief Operating Officer Tim Fenton to retire after 41 years; joined crew as teen

NEW YORK, N.Y. - McDonald's says its chief operating officer is retiring and that it won't refill the position. The world's biggest hamburger chain says Tim Fenton, 56, will retire in October, then act as a special adviser to CEO Don Thompson. Fenton joined the company as a teenager in 1973 as a worker at a restaurant in Utica, N.Y. The company says Fenton will not be replaced. Instead, it's expanding the responsibilities for Chief Financial Officer Pete Bensen and Global Chief Brand Officer Steve Easterbrook.

McDonald's COO retiring; role being eliminated

(Reuters) - McDonald's Corp <MCD.N> on Thursday said its operations chief will retire later this year and won't be replaced in that role, with the restaurant chain opting instead to give additional responsibilities to two senior executives. Tim Fenton, 56, will step down as COO on October 1 but stay on as a special advisor to Chief Executive Officer Don Thompson.

Workers sue McDonald's for stealing wages

US workers accused fast-food giant McDonald's Thursday of systematically stealing wages through illicit practices like forcing them to work off-the-clock and failing to pay overtime. Seven class-action lawsuits were filed Wednesday and Thursday in California, Michigan and New York demanding that McDonald's pay back the stolen wages and end the practices that violate state and federal laws, lawyers representing the workers said. McDonald's Corporation is named in all seven lawsuits, while franchisees were included in five of them.

McDonald's hit by worker lawsuits claiming it steals wages

By Phil Wahba (Reuters) - McDonald's Corp workers in three U.S. states filed lawsuits this week against the fast-food chain, alleging it is stealing wages by forcing them to work off the clock, by cheating them out of overtime and by denying them rest breaks. The seven suits were announced on Thursday by the employees' lawyers and were filed Wednesday and Thursday in New York, California and Michigan. McDonald's spokeswoman Heidi Barker Sa Shekhem said the company is reviewing the allegations in the suits.

McDonald's sales decline as chain looks to adapt to changing tastes

NEW YORK, N.Y. - McDonald's is fighting to hold onto customers in the U.S. and much of the world. The world's biggest hamburger chain said Monday that sales fell 1.4 per cent in February at established U.S. locations. It blamed the harsh winter weather, but conceded that "challenging industry dynamics" also played a role.

McDonald's U.S. sales continue to struggle in February

By Phil Wahba (Reuters) - McDonald's Corp <MCD.N> on Monday reported a bigger-than-expected drop in comparable global sales for February, hurt again by slow business in the United States. The world's biggest restaurant chain by revenue said worldwide sales at restaurants open at least 13 months fell 0.3 percent last month. That was below analysts' average estimate for a fall of 0.1 percent, according to Consensus Metrix.

Europe, China help McDonald's offset soft U.S. sales in January

(Reuters) - McDonald's Corp on Monday reported better-than-expected global sales at established restaurants for January as gains in Europe and China helped the company offset weak numbers in United States, where customers remained cautious in their spending. McDonald's, the world's biggest restaurant chain by revenue, said worldwide sales at restaurants open at least 13 months rose 1.2 percent last month. That was above the analysts' average estimate of a rise of 0.7 percent, according to Consensus Metrix.

McDonald's worker charged with selling heroin in happy meal boxes

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A McDonald's worker accused of dealing heroin in Happy Meal boxes to customers using the code phrase "I'd like to buy a toy" was being held on bail on Thursday in Pittsburgh, a spokesman for a local prosecutor said. Police arrested Shantia Dennis, 26, on Wednesday on charges of drug distribution after undercover officers conducted a controlled buy under the Golden Arches, according to a statement from the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office.
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