McDonald's Japan to Unify Prices for Eat-In, Takeout

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Tokyo, Sept. 10 (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 pct to 10 pct on Oct. 1.

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

Beginning next month, the new 10 pct 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 pct for foods purchased for takeout.

The move by McDonald's, a leading restaurant chain with some 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 pct of its menu items such as Big Macs, at 390 yen, and premium roast coffee, at 150 yen for the medium size. Prices for the remaining items, including the classic hamburger and cheeseburger, will be raised by 10 yen.

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