McDonald's CEO Jim Skinner says, "Our worldwide sales momentum continues, thanks to our customer-focused emphasis on menu variety and value, convenient service, innovative marketing, and contemporary restaurants. It is clear that customers are looking for a simple, easy, and enjoyable restaurant experience, and we are pleased that more and more customers are finding that experience at McDonald's."
U.S. comparable sales rose 7.4 percent in August due to the ongoing strength of the company's breakfast business, beverages, and new food offerings.
Sustained positive sales growth in France, the U.K. and Germany drove Europe's comparable sales up 6.1 percent for the month. Special summertime menu offerings, along with relevant marketing, resonated with customers.
Comparable sales increased 12.4 percent in Asia/Pacific, Middle East, and Africa due to robust sales in Japan, Australia, and China. Locally relevant menu promotions, extended hours and breakfast contributed to this performance.
Karen King, President--U.S. East Division, will participate in a panel discussion at the RBC Capital Markets Consumer Conference at 9:40 a.m. (Eastern Time) on September 19. This panel discussion will be web cast live and available for replay for a limited time thereafter at http://www.investor.mcdonalds.com.
McDonald's tentatively plans to release September sales on October 12.
McDonald's is the leading global foodservice retailer with more than 30,000 local restaurants in more than 100 countries. More than 75 percent of McDonald's restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local men and women.