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McDonald’s Announces Strong Sales and Earnings Growth for First

McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) today announced strong results for the first quarter driven by all areas of the world.

“McDonald’s compelling menu, unmatched convenience and unbeatable value generated another strong quarterly performance,” said Chief Executive Officer Jim Skinner. “For the first quarter, we delivered comparable sales and guest count growth in each geographic segment along with global double-digit operating income growth. As we move forward, we will continue to pursue opportunities to extend our relevance, sustain our momentum and create ongoing excitement for our customers.”

The Company reported the following highlights for the quarter:
— Global comparable sales increased 4.2%, with the U.S. up 1.5%, Europe
up 5.2% and Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa up 5.7%
— Combined operating margin improved 220 basis points to 29.8%
— Diluted earnings per share were $1.00, up 15% (9% in constant
currencies) including a $0.05 per share currency benefit
— Returned $1.0 billion to shareholders through share repurchases and