McDonald’s Agrees to Sale of Chinese Business

Oak Brook, Ill.-based burger giant McDonald’s has agreed to sell 80 percent of its business in China and Hong Kong. The sale was made to China’s state-owned investment group Citic and U.S.-based private equity firm Carlyle Group as part of the brand’s efforts to franchise more of its international locations. McDonald’s currently owns and operates 65 percent of its 2,000 Chinese outposts.

The agreement allows the fast food company to maintain a 20-percent stake in its Chinese business, while Citic will receive a 52-percent share in the partnership. Carlyle Group will take 28 percent of new business, according to

McDonald’s currently oversees more than 36,000 locations worldwide.


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