A more than 30-cent drop from last year puts cash back in consumers' pockets and could help counter recent cuts.
The restaurant chain's three top brands, including Olive Garden, are trying to get diners to bite on bargain deals.
If McDonald reports improving earnings on Friday, one reason will be its Dollar Menu, not its iconic burger.
Keep that in mind as the market reacts to China.
A Texas restaurateur has trademarked the term, hoping to stake a claim on a booming industry.
A torrent of foreign capital is poised to flow into the US.
The gains enjoyed by casual dining stocks could soon be erased as consumers begin pinching pennies.
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