McD sells stake in Pret a Manger

LONDON McDonald’s Corp. is completing its retreat from the diversification strategy of a prior management regime by divesting its 33-percent stake in Pret A Manger, the British grab-and-go chain that never pushed beyond its U.S. beachhead of a few stores in New York City.

The concept’s intended buyers have promised to increase that presence by 50 percent during 2008.

Acontrolling interest in Pret, which features organic and “all-natural” selections,

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