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May 18, 2010








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Regulatory Report Manitowoc Foodservice

NRA PUSHES PERMANENT TAX PROVISIONS
Association asks Congress to extend 15-year depreciation schedules for leasehold and restaurant improvements, and new construction. ...[full story]

TRANS FATS A BIG DEAL IN CANADA
Voluntary trial period didn't work so the government is looking at mandatory guidelines. . ...[full story]

HAPPY MEALS EARN A FROWN
The McBurglar is innocent, but there is no joy in Santa Clara nor McDonaldland over toys and nutrition. ...[full story]

PHILLY, PITTSBURGH DEBATE CAFÉ RULES
Curbside or inches from the building? Figuring out the legally acceptable placement of outdoor café set-ups proves difficult. ...[full story]

Economic Report Henny Penny

By Robin Ashton

PUBLIC-COMPANY E&S SALES CONTINUE TO IMPROVE

Revenue trends are up and the recession's grip is easing. ...[full story]

FORECASTS FOR THE U.S. ECONOMY IMPROVE AGAIN
Blue-chip economists predict a rise in real gross domestic product in the U.S. to 3.2% for 2010. ...[full story]

EMPLOYMENT TRENDS TURN POSITIVE, SURPRISING SOME ECONOMISTS
A sudden jump in job growth takes economists by surprise. ...[full story]

ARE MCDONALD'S APRIL SALES U.S. SALES ANOTHER SIGN OF RECOVERY?
McD's same-store sales in the U.S. rose nearly 4% in April, perhaps indicating the recovery has begun. ...[full story]

Industry Report A.J. Antunes & Co.

MCCORMICK PLACE EXHIBITORS TO GET "BILL OF RIGHTS"
Unions face a push-back from fed-up trade shows in Chicago. ...[full story]

DUNKIN' RETURNS TO RUSSIA
The doughnut chain plans up to 20 stores this year. ...[full story]

BRUEGGER'S PLANS REDESIGN BENT ON LOUNGING
Exhibition bagel-making lures customers to buy a bagel and sit a spell. ...
[full story]

RUBIO'S TO CHANGE HANDS
Home of the fish taco is acquired for cash. ...[full story]

FHA2010 REPORTS RECORD TURNOUT
Biennial Singapore show draws 50,000+ attendess. ...[full story]

CONVEYOR VET FREER JOINS MIDDLEBY
Middleby Marshall hires Chuck Freer to oversee conveyor ovens. ...[full story]




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