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McDonald's trims down menu, cuts 7 items

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McDonald's menu is getting leaner.

The fast-food giant has dropped several items, including six chicken sandwiches, the honey mustard and chipotle barbecue snack wraps, and the Deluxe Quarter Pounder burger.

The move is part of an effort to simplify the menu, as McDonald's faces increasing competition from the likes of other fast-casual chains like Chipotle and Five Guys.

More changes can be expected, as the world's largest hamburger chain also announced plans to unwrap details about a turnaround plot they hope will help revive sales.

The company announced last week they had closed more than 350 underperforming stores worldwide in the first quarter, including several in the United States. The closings are in addition to the 350 restaurants the company originally planned to close in 2015.

The closures come as the Oak Brook-based company revealed global sales had declined by 2.3 percent in the first quarter, with results for April expected to be negative as well. The company also saw a 2.6 percent drop in the U.S., where people are increasingly heading to places that market their food as more wholesome.

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