Posted by Dale Buss on February 6, 2013 09:06 AM
Disney sees higher TV ad revenues drive quarter and considers ESPN exit from U.K. sports coverage.
Dell seeks to transform brand, going private in $24 billion buyout under founder Michael Dell, as Microsoft gambles on involvement.
U.S. Postal Service plans to cut Saturday mail as Hallmark fights the cuts.
Apple loses right to iPhone brand in Brazil.
Arby's launches "fan of the week" promo via Facebook.
Lance Armstrong reportedly under investigation for obstruction and other serious crimes.
BP is hit by new $34 billion claim from U.S. state governments over Gulf spill.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 25, 2013 09:01 AM
AOL plans to distribute Discovery channels as its Huffington Post flip flops on Goldman Sachs.
Animal Planet finds room for Geico and other advertisers in annual Super Bowl "Puppy Bowl."
Ann Taylor brings back actress Kate Hudson as ambassador and designer.
Apple plans to offer broader guidance on earnings as it must fight to maintain dominance of iPhone.
Audi releases Super Bowl commercial with alternate endings for YouTube voting.
Boeing faces of extended inquiry by authorities into Dreamliner fires.
Bristol settles Hepatitis C claims.
Burger King drops firm that supplied horse meat in UK.Continue reading...
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Posted by Dale Buss on January 23, 2013 03:15 PM
McDonald's is sort of limping along in the U.S. on the strength of its value menu, and there do not seem to be prospects for a return to sizzling growth anytime soon. So the fast-food chain is relying on the historic strengths of its brand — including locations, familiarity and convenience — to carry it through what is expected to be a ho-hum near-term future.
On Wednesday, the world's biggest QSR reported a higher fourth-quarter profit, but same-store sales growth of just 0.1 percent worldwide. That measure grew slightly in the U.S. thanks to the Dollar Menu and from pushing franchisees to stay open on Christmas. But same-store sales fell by 0.6 percent in Europe —McDonald's biggest market — and fell by 1.7 percent in the region encompassing Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Japan's sales decline of more than 6 percent in the fourth quarter was especially severe.
The immediate problem for McDonald's, at least in the U.S., is that first-quarter comparisons are becoming difficult due to last year's mild winter, and the chain doesn't have much new up its sleeve right now.Continue reading...
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Posted by Dale Buss on January 21, 2013 10:31 AM
It's like staying up too late, watching Jerry Springer or not being nice to your mother: Many Americans don’t exactly feel good about visiting McDonald’s after they’ve done so, but they’re more than likely to do it again.
That’s one interesting conclusion from the latest survey by Consumer Edge Insight of Americans’ ratings of the biggest fast-food brands and the various attributes of their visits to the QSR chains.
McDonald’s placed No. 1 in the firm's latest poll in the category of "good value," with 57 percent. Subway earned 53 percent, and Taco Bell posted 48 percent.
David Decker, president of the research firm, commented on what factors made the grade:Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on December 17, 2012 09:01 AM
Toyota sets to reclaim world sales crown as GMand Volkswagen vie for No. 2 and hints at elimination of Matrix model.
Domino's Pizza founder sues over Obamacare contraception coverage mandate.
McDonald's tries to get franchisees to stay open on Christmas.
Akamai taps co-founder as new CEO.
Burger King works with franchisee to expand in Mexico.
Chobani nears openingof huge new factory in Idaho.
Cosi uses pop-up unit in Chicago to test growth ideas.
Cox cable TV guide offers personalized recommendations in U.S. first.
Discover Communications makes key European deals.
Facebook counts on big deal with Walmart.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on December 11, 2012 08:57 AM
Delta buys 49% of Virgin Atlantic, as Virgin's Aer Lingus hookup mocked by Ryanair and Branson bets on future of the brand. American Airlines, meanwhile, says decision on pursuing US Airways merger is coming soon.
HSBC to pay record U.S. penalty on money laundering.
Diageo terminates talks on "future" of Jose Cuervo.
AIG shares yield $7.6 billion to U.S. government, boosting taxpayers' overall profit to nearly $23 billion.
AOL postpones premiere of hip-hop-inspired TV ad.
Boeing faces revived concerns about 787.
Burberry launches Christmas events and global review.
Burger King expands digital marketing.Continue reading...
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Posted by Shirley Brady on December 3, 2012 11:01 AM
Burger King is celebrating the 55th anniversary of its Whopper hamburger with a whopper of a deal:
"Hurry in to any participating BURGER KING® restaurant nationwide from December 6th through December 9th, to enjoy an Original WHOPPER® Sandwich for just 55 cents, when you purchase any WHOPPER® Sandwich, including the new Wisconsin White Cheddar WHOPPER® or the spicy ANGRY WHOPPER®, available for a limited-time-only."
Also new to the menu for the iconic sandwich's 55th, which is being sold with retro packaging? Seasoned sweet potato cury fries. The fast food brand, which is testing home delivery, is inviting fans to submit their own Whopper moments on Facebook, as you can see in its new TV campaign below:Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 16, 2012 09:01 AM
Hostess Brands makes good on threat to to go out of business because of strike, selling off Wonder Bread, Twinkies, Ding Dongs and other iconic brands.
5-Hour Energy sees parent's bond ratings hurt by FDA probe into deaths as Rockstar is added to energy-drinks probe.
BP doesn't end brand woes with Gulf settlement as U.S. shifts toward holding individual executives responsible for disaster.
Apple sees stock hit by panic selling.
Applebee's introduces spirits-infused menu.
Burger King expands home-delivery test to Houston.Continue reading...