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Liam Denning

Shell Wakes Up and Smells the Coffee (and Burgers)

With prices low, the oil major is nurturing its inner fast-food chain.
Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe

The image of a driver slurping an iced latte while pulling a Mustang up to the drive-in window of a fast-food joint is either your idea of a capitalist apotheosis or civilization's decadent demise.

Or ... it's what flashed through your mind as you listened to Royal Dutch Shell Plc's earnings call on Thursday.