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Has McDonald's Menu Gotten Too Expensive?

McDonald's in October suffered its first monthly decline in comparable-store sales since 2003 -- and October is usually a good month for the burger giant. So what did Ronald do wrong? Too much focus on premium menu items, too little on what its customers really want: Low cost eats.

McDonald's Franchisees Have Some Harsh Words for Headquarters

The franchisor-franchisee relationship can be a tense one, especially when corporate asks the operators to spend more money. That's true even at a market leader like McDonald's, where remodeling investments, marketing campaigns and discounting are touchy subjects right now.