Private investment firm 3G Capital agreed Thursday to acquire Burger King in a leveraged-buyout deal worth about $4 billion, including the assumption of the chain's debts. Burger King's U.S. sales have been struggling amid the uncertain job market for its core consumers, and 3G said Thursday it plans to expand the brand in international markets with a focus on Asia and Latin America. The firm holds a stake in Anheuser-Busch InBev NV and has made earlier investments in Wendy's and Carl's Jr., but the Burger King deal would be its first acquisition.

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