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McDonald's giving out free coffee for limited time as fast-food breakfast rivalry heats up

NEW YORK, N.Y. - McDonald's is offering free coffee to its customers for a limited time as competition for the breakfast crowd intensifies. The world's biggest hamburger chain announced Friday that participating U.S. locations will offer small cups of McCafe coffee at no charge during breakfast hours from March 31 through April 13. McDonald's said that this is the first time it's ever had a free coffee event nationwide. Its McCafe product line, which also includes iced coffees and other drinks, debuted in the U.S. in 2009.

Fast-food protests nationwide to spotlight 'wage theft'; comes after workers sue McDonald's

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Fast-food protests are planned for several U.S. cities Tuesday as labour organizers look to bring attention to practices they say illegally deprive workers of their wages. The protests are planned for about 30 cities, but it's not clear what the scope of the turnout will be. It's part of an ongoing campaign by labour groups to build support for pay of $15 an hour and bring attention to the rights of low-wage workers.

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.

3 things to watch for as McDonald's fights to boost US sales

NEW YORK, N.Y. - McDonald's is fighting to hold onto customers amid intensifying competition. On Monday, the world's biggest hamburger chain said an important sales figure fell again in the U.S. The company blamed bad winter weather in part, but also conceded that "challenging industry dynamics" played a role. At a time when chains like Chipotle and smaller players like Five Guys Burgers and Fries are growing, here are a few strategies McDonald's Corp. is focusing on: CUSTOMIZATION

McDonald's looking to heat up U.S. sales with breakfast, coffee

By Lisa Baertlein LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Raymond Tremblay, a loyal McDonald's Corp <MCD.N> customer from Los Angeles, thinks the fast-food chain sells tasty food at reasonable prices and he cannot think of a quick fix that would help end the company's disappointing U.S. performance. "I know it's there and it's always good," Tremblay, 46, said of McDonald's. "Maybe we just kind of take it for granted."

McDonald's push to boost US sales put on ice by January weather

NEW YORK, N.Y. - McDonald's says bad weather hurt its U.S. sales performance in January, representing another setback as the fast-food chain fights to fend off rivals and get its menu right. The world's biggest hamburger chain says sales fell 3.3 per cent at established U.S. locations last month. Its global sales figure rose 1.2 per cent, however, lifted by improvements in Europe and the region encompassing Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

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.
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