Starwatch Consumer

A new breakfast of champions at McDonald’s?

Updated: 2013-04-24T03:32:29Z

Olympic effort

McDonald’s has hired 17-year-old Olympic gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas to promote its newest item — the egg-white breakfast sandwich.

The restaurant chain has tapped Douglas, who won the women’s gymnastics all-around gold and helped the U.S. squad win the team event in London last year, to help it attract diners with healthier items.

National marketing for the 250-calorie sandwich will start Monday and include print, billboard, radio and television ads. One ad reads, “Great taste, all yolks aside.” Another says, “We’re turning breakfast on its head.”

Wealth gap

The U.S. economy has recovered for households with a net worth of $500,000 or more, a new study shows. The recession continues for almost everyone else.

Wealthy households boosted their net worth by 21.2 percent after the recession, according to the study released by the Pew Research Center. The rest of America lost 4.9 percent of household wealth from 2009 to 2011.

Pew attributed the disparity to gains during that period in the stock and bond markets benefiting affluent households while the housing market’s decline hit others harder.

Facebook revamp

Facebook is overhauling its Pages service with features for wireless devices that help users quickly find business information, another sign the company is ramping up efforts in mobile.

The revamp, the most extensive in a year, is the first Pages upgrade to begin on mobile instead of the desktop version.

Drug recall

A pharmacy that makes specialty medications is recalling nearly 100 compounded drugs after federal regulators found potential safety problems during an inspection.

Nora Apothecary Alternative Therapies of Indianapolis said it is recalling all sterile drugs that have not reached their expiration date. The drugs were made on or before April 19.

FedEx service

FedEx will let recipients leave detailed instructions for their driver or reschedule a delivery to their home.

FedEx said it will charge $5 to reschedule the delivery day or location and $10 to request a two-hour delivery window. Other services are free, including putting a 14-day vacation hold on deliveries or making a request such as “Please leave the package at the back door.”

Consumer protection

In its first 21 months, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has secured $425 million in relief for 6 million consumers wronged by financial service providers, director Richard Cordray told Congress.

The bureau, created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, has concluded enforcement actions in areas including credit card add-on products and mortgage insurance.

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