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Copycows: Burger King Menu Has It McDonald's Way ... Again

If imitation is the sincerest form of culinary flattery, Burger King is praising McDonald's playbook: The Home of the Whopper just rolled out some new menu items last week, and once again, many of them will seem awfully familiar to Mickey D's customers.

From Supersized to Super-Sighs: Is McDonald's Growth Era Over?

McDonald's is showing signs of weakness. Goldman Sachs downgraded it shares due to a slowdown in growth. And with challenges overseas and resurgent competition everywhere, things are unlikely to turn around anytime soon for the world's largest restaurant chain.McDonald's is showing signs of tarnish on the Golden Arches. Goldman Sachs downgraded its shares due to a slowdown in growth. And with challenges overseas and resurgent competition everywhere, things are unlikely to turn around anytime soon for the world's largest restaurant chain.

How This Fast Food Chain Is Eating McDonald's Lunch in Asia

The most popular Western-style, fast-food company in China right now is Yum! Brands, which operates Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC. In fact, Yum!'s operations in China dwarf McDonald's -- and looks like it'll repeat the feat in India too.

Why Yum! Took a Chance on Doritos Locos Tacos

Taco Bell's new Doritos Locos Taco hit restaurants last week, and it's already getting plenty of publicity -- and mockery. But whether it's a hit or a flop, expect more fast food mash-ups and bold blunders from the big chains.

8 Brands That Blew the Most Money on Super Bowl Ads

Between 2002 and 2011, companies spent a whopping $2.5 billion on Super Bowl advertising; this year, a 30-second commercial cost an average of $3.5 million. But what do you get for all that cash. In the case of these eight major advertisers, not as much as they'd hoped.

Fast Food's Biggest Fans: Not Who You'd Think

You'd think that fast-food restaurants -- with their emphasis on value -- would appeal primarily to those at the lower end of the income scale. But according to a new national study, dining at McDonald's and its quick-serving competitors becomes more common as people make more money.

Don't Give Up On This Yummy Stock

The market wasn't overly impressed with Yum! Brands' quarterly report on Tuesday night. The company that watches over Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut has seen domestic business fall by 2% to 3% at each of its three chains. But Yum! fared substantially better in China, with its popular KFC scoring a whopping 19% spike in comps.

Perfume to Benefit Breast Cancer May Also Cause Cancer

The Susan G. Komen Foundation's partnerships bring in millions each year for breast cancer research. But one of its partners has brought it an ironic problem: The perfume Promise Me, marketed to benefit the charity, contains a hormone disruptor that studies point to as a contributing cause of breast cancer.

Food Fight: Why KFC Is Leaving Fiji

Kentucky Fried Chicken says it is shutting down its fryers for good in Fiji, saying the government compromised its so-called famous blend of 11 herbs and spices by stopping KFC from importing key ingredients. Fiji says that's just an excuse.

A Sneaky Way Companies Boost Their Stock Price

Of all the ways a company might become more valuable, this has got to be the most superficial: a simple change of name. And yet a study of corporate name changes shows that it works. From 1-800 Flowers.com to Philip Morris-Altria Group, here are some of the most noteworthy nominal transformations.

10 Most Unhealthy Fast-Food Items on America's Menu

America is getting heavier and less healthy every year, and our increasing consumption of fast food is at least partially to blame. 24/7 Wall St. examined the menus of the top 10 quick service restaurants to find the items that were the highest in calories, carbohydrates, sodium and saturated fat. Here's what they found:

Face-Off on Stocks: McDonald's, Yum, Wendy's/Arby's

fast-food restaurants appear to have put the worst of the downturn in consumer discretionary spending behind them, but new industrywide challenges have emerged for 2011. That got us wondering if there's fast money to be made in fast-food stocks -- or if shares are too hard to swallow at current levels.

KFC Takes Aim at African Market

Yum Brands Inc, (YUM) owner of the KFC and Pizza Hut brands, is taking aim at the fast-growing African market for fast food. The company, based in Louisville, Ky, plans to double the number of KFC restaurants in Africa to 1,200 by 2014, The Wall Street Journal said. It hopes to double its revenue from the continent to $2 billion over the next four years.

Buzzword of the Week: Double Down

Corporate buzzwords tend to come in and out of style, their popularity waxing and waning with the rise and fall of new management strategies and boardroom wordsmiths. The latest hot term has moved from the world of gambling to the management suite and beyond.

Yum Brands Earnings Squeak Past Estimates

Yum Brands narrowly beat Wall Street's estimates by reporting an adjusted profit of 58 cents a share, four cents more than estimates. International growth, particularly in China, has tempered a downward trend in U.S. sales.

Shhh: 10 Make-or-Break Trade Secrets

Every company promises a better product -- a better burger, a better search engine, a better hotel room. For these companies, their secret for a superior product is worth millions -- or even billions.

KFC's Double Down is no bread-winner

I won't spend another $5.65 on KFC's new Double Down because the sandwich is naked. So what that it tastes OK. Or that it has enough hunger-slaying...