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A McDonald's restaurant sign is seen at a McDonald's restaurant in Del Mar, California April 16, 2013.
A McDonald's restaurant sign is seen at a McDonald's restaurant in Del Mar, California April 16, 2013.
(MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS)

The new worry: The economy is struggling

Just as you start to think that all is well in the world – Washington avoids default, Iran talks nukes, crude oil prices decline and U.S. stocks hit record highs – along comes a new worry: The economy is struggling.

Or at least that’s what McDonald’s Corp. is saying after reporting disappointing quarterly results on Monday: “While we are focused on strengthening our near-term performance, the current environment continues to pressure results,” said the company’s chief executive, Don Thompson.