CCTV grills McDonald's
CCTV doled out a moral beating to US fast-food chain McDonald's during its annual program on the World Consumer Rights Day late last night.
The State-owned TV station showed clips of a kitchen in a McDonald's restaurant in Beijing, where the staff were selling expired chicken fillets, cheese burgers and pies.
The program also said that staff were told to put dropped beef patties back into the burgers because of cost concerns.
CCTV claimed that the US restaurant chain failed to comply with proper practices in China, and that government departments will investigate its misconduct.
Car sales set to double
Light vehicle sales in China are expected to almost double to hit 30.7 million units in 2020 from 17.7 million units in 2011, market research company IHS said yesterday in its automotive sales forecasts for 2020.
The figure will also be nearly twice that of the US in 2020, which is forecast at 16.8 million units. China will overtake Europe in auto sales this year, when China is predicted to sell 19.2 million units, while sales in Europe are forecast at 18.2 million units, IHS said.
Carmakers are already betting on an increase in the number of first-time car buyers and are setting up new manufacturing plants to cope with the anticipated demand, IHS automotive consulting director James Chao said in the report.