Industry News | June 8, 2005

McDonald’s Same-Store Sales Up in May

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McDonald's Corporation announced today that global systemwide sales for McDonald's restaurants increased 5.9 percent in May, or 2.9 percent in constant currencies.

“Our global alignment around our customer-centered Plan to Win continues to deliver solid results with comparable sales for McDonald's restaurants worldwide up 1.8 percent in May—our 25th consecutive month of positive global comparable sales increases,” says McDonald's CEO Jim Skinner.

“Our U.S. business once again posted strong results, with comparable sales up 4.2 percent for the month,” says Skinner. “Expanded menu choice and variety, like our new Fruit & Walnut Premium Salad and more convenient service hours, contributed to this performance. We'll continue to focus on combined initiatives to further enhance the customer experience.

“In Europe, comparable sales declined 1.4 percent in May. As previously reported, the business climate remains challenging in the United Kingdom and Germany. We continue to work our Plan to Win and are confident that it will build momentum over time. In Germany, our aggressive action plan is beginning to gain traction with customers responding to relevant menu offerings like the popular Big Tasty hamburger and our Ein Mal Eins branded affordability platform, which features 11 items for 1 euro each.

“In Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa comparable sales were down 0.6 percent, as positive results in Australia were negatively offset by performance in Japan.

“Looking ahead, we will continue to direct our efforts toward maintaining our momentum in the U.S. and strengthening our performance around the world. We remain singularly focused on providing a great McDonald's experience to customers each and every time.”