For more than 50 years, McDonald’s has rolled with its opponents’ punches and watched its fortunes grow, especially in the recent past. The hamburger chain’s sales have increased for 55 straight months, the longest string in 27 years, with global comparable-store sales increasing 8.2 percent in November, the company says.During that span, McDonald’s faced criticism from the 2004 documentary “Super Size Me,” the 2006 movie “Fast Food Nation,” based on the book of the same name, and constant ...

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