In-N-Out Burger denies rumors of a Saudi branch

In-N-Out Burger originates from California, where most of its current locations are. (File/AFP)
Updated 25 June 2019
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In-N-Out Burger denies rumors of a Saudi branch

  • The famous American burger chain said they don’t have plans to open a franchise in the Kingdom
  • It has more than 300 locations in California, Arizona, Utah, Texas, Nevada, and Oregon

DUBAI: Don’t get your Double-Double hopes up – In-N-Out Burger is not coming to Saudi Arabia anytime soon.

Denying the social media buzz, the famous American burger chain said they don’t have plans to open a franchise in the Kingdom.

Entertainment page ETDose posted screengrabs of Samer Al-Reziza’s LinkedIn profile showing him starting a new position as Chairman and CEO of In-N-Out Burger in Saudi Arabia last month.

Saudi users immediately reacted to the post, excited at the news of the apparent opening, despite there being no sign of a confirmation of the rumors.

Arab News contacted In-N-Out Burger’s offices in California, who said: “We are not opening any locations there (Saudi Arabia).”

Having started as a small drive-thru hamburger stand in Baldwin Park in 1948 by husband and wife team Harry and Esther Snyder, In-N-Out Burger shot to fame for their traditional yet creative menu – the famous Double-Double Burger and the Animal-Style Fries.

Now the popular chain has more than 300 locations in California, Arizona, Utah, Texas, Nevada, and Oregon.

And its popularity has moved beyond the US, with tourists making sure they get to try the most-talked-about chain.    


UK core pay growth strongest in nearly 11 years, but jobs growth slows

Data showed the unemployment rate remained at 3.8 percent as expected. (Shutterstock)
Updated 16 July 2019
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UK core pay growth strongest in nearly 11 years, but jobs growth slows

  • Core earnings have increased by 3.6 percent annually, beating the median forecast of 3.5 percent
  • The unemployment rate fell by 51,000 to just under 1.3 million

LONDON: British wages, excluding bonuses, rose at their fastest pace in more than a decade in the three months to May, official data showed, but there were some signs that the labor market might be weakening. Core earnings rose by an annual 3.6 percent, beating the median forecast of 3.5 percent in a Reuters poll of economists. Including bonuses, pay growth also picked up to 3.4 percent from 3.2 percent, stronger than the 3.1 percent forecast in the poll. Britain’s labor market has been a silver lining for the economy since the Brexit vote in June 2016, something many economists attribute to employers preferring to hire workers that they can later lay off over making longer-term commitments to investment. The pick-up in pay has been noted by the Bank of England which says it might need to raise interest rates in response, assuming Britain can avoid a no-deal Brexit. Tuesday’s data showed the unemployment rate remained at 3.8 percent as expected, its joint-lowest since the three months to January 1975. The number of people out of work fell by 51,000 to just under 1.3 million. But the growth in employment slowed to 28,000, the weakest increase since the three months to August last year and vacancies fell to their lowest level in more than a year. Some recent surveys of companies have suggested employers are turning more cautious about hiring as Britain approaches its new Brexit deadline of Oct. 31. Both the contenders to be prime minister say they would leave the EU without a transition deal if necessary. A survey published last week showed that companies were more worried about Brexit than at any time since the decision to leave the European Union and they planned to reduce investment and hiring. “The labor market continues to be strong,” ONS statistician Matt Hughes said. “Regular pay is growing at its fastest rate for nearly 11 years in cash terms and its quickest for over three years after taking account of inflation.” The BoE said in May it expected wage growth of 3 percent at the end of this year.