Eegee's names coupon beneficiaries, and other business news briefs

2013-06-04T00:00:00Z Eegee's names coupon beneficiaries, and other business news briefsFrom Wire Reports From Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star
June 04, 2013 12:00 am  • 

TUCSON

Eegee's to benefit Pio Decimo Center, Youth on Their Own

Tucson-based Eegee's restaurant chain has announced the beneficiaries of its 21st annual coupon card program: Youth on Their Own and Pio Decimo Center.

Every year in June, customers get an opportunity to support a local not-for-profit organization. For each $7 donation a customer makes, Eegee's gives the customer a coupon booklet valued at up to $72.

Youth on Their Own supports homeless teens in their efforts to graduate from high school, and Pio Decimo Center works to strengthen families through social services that help families help themselves.

In 2012, Eegee's customers donated more than $241,000 to SACASA (Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault) through the annual coupon card program.

NATION

Day at Disneyland now costs $87 for kids, $92 for adults

ANAHEIM, Calif. - When you wish upon a star, be sure to bring your wallet. Disneyland has raised its ticket prices.

Disney said that starting Sunday, a one-day adult ticket to one park costs $92, a $5 or nearly 6 percent increase. Kids' tickets also jumped $5, to $87.

The prices apply to either Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park. Buyers of annual passes will see similar increases.

Prices also changed at Disney World in Florida.

The cost of the day pass has risen 28 percent since early 2010, when it was $72.

US auto sales roar back 8% in May, led by pickups

DETROIT - Full-size pickups once again dominated U.S. auto sales in May, as small businesses - increasingly confident in the economy - raced to replace the aging pickups they held on to during the recession.

Car buyers, too, were lured by low interest rates and Memorial Day sales.

Overall, U.S. consumers bought 1.4 million vehicles in May, up 8 percent from the same month a year ago, according to Autodata Corp.

Nissan reported its highest May sales ever after cutting prices on seven popular models. Chrysler, Ford, Honda and Toyota also reported increases. Only Volkswagen's sales were down from last May.

Automakers sold 173,972 full-size pickups in May, the highest total since a year-end rush last December, Ward's AutoInfoBank said.

Sales of Ford's F-Series pickup, which is the country's best-selling vehicle, rose 31 percent to a six-year high of 71,604. General Motors and Chrysler also posted full-size truck sales gains of more than 20 percent.

Airlines industry profit estimate is up with bookings

Packed planes should help the world's airlines earn $12.7 billion this year, as travel demand accelerates faster than the airlines add seats, according to a new prediction from a trade group. The estimate represents a 67 percent increase over the airlines' $7.6 billion in profits last year.

Manufacturing gauge sinks to 2009 level

A measure of U.S. manufacturing fell in May to its lowest level since June 2009 as slumping overseas economies and weak business spending reduced new orders and production.

The Institute for Supply Management said Monday that its index of manufacturing activity fell to 49 last month from 50.7 in April. That's the lowest level in nearly four years and the first time the index has dipped below 50 since November. A reading under 50 indicates contraction.

Construction spending rises

Spending on U.S. construction projects rose in April despite weakness in residential projects and government spending.

Construction spending rose 0.4 percent in April, compared with March, when spending fell a revised 0.8 percent, the U.S. Commerce Department said Monday.

'Glazed Doughnut Breakfast Sandwich' clocks 360 calories

Even as fast-food chains tout their healthy offerings, they're also coming up with fatty new treats to keep customers interested. Case in point: Dunkin' Donuts is adding a doughnut breakfast sandwich to its national menu this week.

The sandwich, which comes with fried eggs and bacon between a split glazed doughnut, will become a part of the permanent menu starting Friday. Notably, Dunkin' Donuts said the "Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich" checks in at 360 calories, less than the 390 calories for the turkey sausage sandwich it recently introduced for people looking to eat healthier.

Staff and wire reports

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