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McDonald’s to unify prices for eat-in, takeout

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — McDonald’s Co. (Japan) said Tuesday that it will unify tax-included prices for eat-in and takeout, when the country’s consumption tax is raised from 8 percent to 10 percent on Oct. 1.

The decision was aimed at keeping things simple for customers, the hamburger chain said.

Beginning next month, the new 10 percent consumption tax will apply to foods if they are consumed at restaurants or store eat-in areas. But the rate will be kept at 8 percent for foods purchased for takeout.

The move by McDonald’s, a leading restaurant chain with about 2,900 outlets across the country, is seen affecting rivals’ decisions.

The company will keep tax-included prices unchanged after the tax increase for about 70 percent of its menu items such as Big Macs, at ¥390, and premium roast coffee, at ¥150 for the medium size. Prices for the remaining items, including the classic hamburger and cheeseburger, will be raised by ¥10.

McDonald’s also said about 2,000 of its outlets will join a government program to give points to shoppers who make cashless payments.Speech

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