The Big Mac is to get bigger in an attempt by McDonald’s to beef up its UK figures. The bigger Big Mac, to be made available next month for a limited period, will have three beef patties, instead of two. It signals a return to the fast-food giant’s core menu of burger and fries. The company said it had not been overly impressed with the success of the “toasted deli sandwich” launched six months ago to attract those less interested in what the Financial Times calls “artery-busting burger fare”. The company is bracing itself for the UK publication of Chew on This, a children’s sequel to Fast Food Nation, by Eric Schlosser. McDonald’s said it was seeing the beginnings of progress in the UK, which accounts for 6% of group operating income, but there was still a long way to go. The company will hand 25-30 outlets back to franchisees this year, taking the total to 50-55. It reported a 14% drop in first-quarter net income to $625.3m (£351m) on sales up 6.2%. Financial Times 22/04/06 page 15 The Times 22/04/06 page 63