USA: ‘ MCDONALDS WORST SALES IN THREE DECADES ‘

#AceFinanceNews – USA:Jan.23: By some account, 2014 is shaping up as McDonald’s worst year in three decades.

Sales in the U.S. have grown an average of 5.6% annually over the last 30 years, according to industry publication Nation’s Restaurant News, yet it looks like domestic sales will have actually declined in 2014, marking the first time this has happened over that span.

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RUSSIA: ‘ CENTRAL BANK SET TO CUT INTEREST RATES BY THREE POINTS AFTER CONSUMERS & BUSINESSES COMPLAIN ‘

#AceFinanceNews – RUSSIA:Jan.23: The Telegraph reports that Russia’s central bank is set to cut interest rates by 3 percent and admit it made a mistake in hiking interest rates by 6.5 percentage points last month.

Bank of Russia raised the country’s benchmark rate to 17pc on December 15, just days after raising it to 10.5pc, in a bid to stop a full-blown currency crisis.

However, the move has failed to curb rises in the euro and dollar, and has been met with anger by consumers and businesses after interest rates on bank loans soared.

The move has also failed to curb inflation, which jumped from 8.9pc at the end of November to 11.4pc at the end of December. Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said on Wednesday that he sees inflation reaching 13pc at the end of this month, or slightly higher.

In a statement, Elvira Nabiullina, governor of the Bank of Russia, said: "The board of directors of the Bank of Russia will take a decision on the key rate primarily based on the need to curb inflation, which in the current environment is a priority issue for people and for business.

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