Business Beat for Monday, December 8, 2014
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Chick-fil-A launches mobile ordering, payment options
Chick-fil-A restaurants in the Chicago area are among the first in the chain to use mobile payment and ordering features on the company’s mobile app.
Walgreen tests virtual doctor visits through app
Walgreen is testing a new telemedicine service that lets patients see a doctor without leaving home or visiting any of the drugstore chain’s clinics.
French Toast Crunch returns as cereal sales slide
General Mills is bringing back popular ’90s cereal French Toast Crunch in a nod to nostalgia and in the hopes of boosting its weak cereal sales.
McDonald’s plans customized burgers as US sales fall
McDonald’s is planning major changes in the U.S., including an expansion of a test that lets people build their own burgers.
American plans $2 billion upgrade of planes, clubs
The airline will invest in lie-flat seats, Wi-Fi service on international flights, more entertainment options and updates of its airport lounges.
US stocks fall as energy sector drops sharply
U.S. stocks fell Monday as oil prices turned sharply lower and spooked investors into dumping shares of drillers and other energy-service companies.
LanzaTech gets $60 million funding to develop alternative fuels
Skokie developer of transportation fuels and chemicals from waste gases, received $60 million in financing from The New Zealand Superannuation Fund. [Bloomberg]
Honda adds 2.6 million vehicles to air bag repair list
Honda says it will replace driver’s air bag inflators on 2.6 million more vehicles as it expands repairs to the entire U.S.
Death toll from GM ignition switches rises to 38
At least 38 people have died and 51 have been injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.
Merck dives into ‘superbug’ chase with Cubist
Merck will spend $8.4 billion to buy Cubist Pharmaceuticals and push deeper into treating so-called “superbugs.”
Delia’s, casualty of retail slump, to liquidate
Delia’s is seeking bankruptcy protection and plans to sell all its merchandise and shut down as teen retailers fall out of fashion with shoppers.