McDonald's Japan heads for 270% profit boost
Nikkei -- Aug 10
McDonald's Holdings Co. (Japan) is enjoying a resurgence of earnings as a series of post-scandal rebuilding efforts led by President Sarah Casanova bear fruit.

The company said Wednesday that net profit for the January-June half soared some 68-fold on the year to 10.7 billion yen ($97.2 million), with sales rising 16% to 121.2 billion yen.

News source: Nikkei
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