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McDonalds’ testing mobile payment app

Paul Sakuma/Associated Press

CHICAGO — Americans will soon be able to order and pay for Big Macs from their mobile phones.

McDonald’s Corp. is currently testing a mobile payment application in Salt Lake City and in Austin, Texas, Lisa McComb, a spokeswoman, said Tuesday in an e-mail.

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McDonald’s, which Tuesday reported US same-store sales that trailed estimates for August, is looking for ways to make it easier for diners to load up on Big Macs, McWraps, and smoothies. It is not alone in seeking to ignite growth at a time when many Americans are eating out less. Burger King Worldwide Inc. offers a delivery service with a $10 minimum order in some US cities, while Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. has a mobile ordering app.

After ordering, customers can pick up food in stores, curbside, or at drive-through windows, according to notes from a June meeting of McDonald’s franchisees and company executives obtained by Bloomberg News. The system will also include special promotions and a loyalty program.

McDonald’s, based in Oak Brook, Ill., rose 44 cents to $96.89 in New York.

‘‘We’re always looking at new technologies to make the McDonald’s experience better for our customers,’’ McComb said. ‘‘We are testing some of these technologies in a few markets, so it’s premature to speculate on the decisions we may make after the tests, but we’re excited to bring a cutting-edge experience in the future to our customers.’’

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