Retail sales fell flat in July, according to data released Wednesday by the US Commerce Department. If the retail sales trend continues, some experts say, we may have to lower our expectations for economic growth in 2014.
Taco Bell has opened U.S. Taco Co. in California, in an effort to cater to a clientele that wouldn't normally set foot in a fast food restaurant. The new restaurant features sophisticated tacos and ingredients not typically associated with the Taco Bell brand.
The US economy added 209,000 jobs in July, fewer than analysts expected, and the unemployment rate ticked up to 6.2 percent. The July jobs report marked the sixth straight month of more than 200,000 added jobs, but there are signs that growth might be slowing.
McDonald's can be held liable for wage and labor violations by its franchisees, according to a ruling Tuesday by the National Labor Relations Board. The decision could mean more leverage for fast-food workers, but not before McDonald's and the rest of the restaurant industry fight to have it reversed.
McDonald's Japan will begin selling Tofu Shinjo Nuggets Wednesday in the company's Japanese locations. The tofu nuggets release could be a welcome bright spot for McDonald's Japan as it deals with poor sales and the fallout from a scandal involving one of its major Chinese meat suppliers.
'Weird Al' Yankovic, master of pop music song parodies, celebrated his first Billboard number one album this week with 'Mandatory Fun.' The success of what could be Weird Al's last studio album comes on the strength of a savvy social media campaign and the comedian's shrewd adaptation to a changing music industry.
Uber, the taxicab and ridesharing service, is delivering ice cream to its users in 144 cities for the third year in the row. Until 5 p.m., smartphone users with the Uber app can request a shipment of ice cream to be delivered 'within minutes.'
7-Eleven Day is here, which means the chain will give away free Slurpees between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., plus a week of free treats to customers who download the new 7-Eleven app. Enjoy 7-Eleven Day now, before a summertime 'polar vortex' drops temperatures across the country.
The economy added an unexpected 288,000 jobs in June, the best employment report for the US in six years. Beyond the eye-catching numbers, there were other reasons for optimism in the June jobs report.
McDonald's and Taco Bell are among the biggest restaurant chains in the world, but US customers largely prefer smaller, hipper chains like In-N-Out and Chipotle, according to a new Consumer Reports survey.
General Motors will recall an additional 7.6 million vehicles in the US for an ignition flaw similar to the one responsible for several accidents and at least 13 deaths. The GM vehicles recalled Monday were involved in accidents causing at least three more fatalities.
The US economy shrank an unexpected 2.9 percent in the first three months of 2014, its worst performance in five years. Happily, experts see signs of a strong economic rebound for the rest of the year.