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Retailers, consumers and prices

Check Out Line: America’s still got to eat

December 8, 2008

Check out those popular fast-food chains.

The recession might force consumers to skip meals at pricey restaurants, but it doesn’t seem to be hurting chains like McDonald’s.

Global sales at McDonald’s restaurants open 13 months or more jumped 7.7 percent in November.  Same-store sales rose 4.5 percent in the United States, where bargain hunters enjoy the Dollar Menu.  In November 2007, U.S. same-store sales rose 4.4 percent.

Of course, not everything can be bought for a buck.  McDonald’s recently raised the price of the Double Cheeseburger to $1.19 and brought out a $1 sandwich called the McDouble with one less slice of cheese.

Meanwhile, Wendy’s/Arby’s got a boost from major shareholder Trian Partners.  After a strong response to its tender offer, Trian is poised to hold a 21.6 percent stake in the restaurant company, up from 11.1 percent.

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