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McDonald’s slims fast food menu in effort to beef up sales

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Posted at 1:11 PM, Dec 11, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-11 13:28:08-05

OAK BROOK, Illinois —  McDonald’s is getting rid of eight menu items as the fast-food chain tries to boost sales.

The chain announced plans to cut its extra value meals from 16 to 11 to simplify the menu.  It also planned on cutting various choice items. Instead of offering four different kinds of quarter-pounders, McDonald’s said it will offer one. Also, it will cut down the number of premium chicken sandwiches and wraps from three to one.

The new menu has already been tested in several locations across the country.

The changes come as the fast-food giant has struggled to hang onto customers. The company recently reported another monthly decline in sales, according to the Associated Press. Sales fell 4.6 percent last month.

McDonald’s has not released a statement on which specific items are getting the boot.

The cuts will clear the way for future food innovations, which could mean adding new ingredients or customizing individual orders, said Mike Andres, president of McDonald’s USA.

The CNN Wire contributed to this report.