McDonald's Same-Store Sales Up 4.3 Percent

Systemwide sales declined 0.3 percent, due to the negative impact of foreign currency translation, but were up 6.2 percent in constant currencies
Posted August 10, 2009

McDonald's Corp. (Oak Brook, Ill.) reported global comparable sales rose 4.3 percent, while by region, U.S. sales were up 2.6 percent (even with June’s results); up 7.2 percent in Europe; and 2.1 percent in Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa.

"We remain aligned behind our customer-focused Plan to Win, which continues to drive positive global comparable sales as we satisfy customers' demands for menu variety, value and convenience," ceo Jim Skinner said in a statement.

The company has used new product introductions to help fuel sales, including new McCafe espresso-based coffees this summer. It attributes a tiered-menu approach complemented by local summertime offerings as helping drive Europe's results.

McDonald's operates 32,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries.