OAK BROOK, IL – McDonald’s Corporation today announced global comparable sales growth of 3.5% in August. Performance by segment was as follows:
"August marks our 100th consecutive month of global comparable sales growth, demonstrating the ongoing customer appeal of McDonald’s great tasting food, offered at an outstanding value in our modern and convenient restaurants," said McDonald’s Chief Executive Officer Jim Skinner. The strength of McDonald’s U.S. business continued with August comparable sales up 3.9%. Results were driven by the growing popularity of the McCafé beverage line-up, McDonald’s breakfast, including Fruit & Maple Oatmeal, and the new Premium Chicken sandwiches. In Europe, comparable sales for the month rose 2.7% led by performance in the U.K. and Russia. Europe’s premium offerings, locally-relevant food events and the ongoing benefit of modernized restaurants contributed to the month’s results.
August comparable sales were down 0.3% in Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa as sales growth in China, Australia and many other markets was offset by Japan. Across the segment, innovative value offerings, breakfast and conveniences like drive-thru and extended hours continued to deliver results.
Systemwide sales for the month increased 11.3%, or 5.4% in constant currencies. McDonald’s effective tax rate for the third quarter is expected to be 33% to 34%, reflecting a non- cash deferred tax cost related to certain foreign operations. The Company continues to expect the full year effective tax rate to be 31% to 32%.
McDonald’s tentatively plans to release third quarter results before the market opens on October 21, 2011 and will host an investor webcast. This webcast will be broadcast live and available for replay for a limited time thereafter at www.investor.mcdonalds.com
This release contains certain forward-looking statements, which reflect management’s expectations regarding future events and operating performance and speak only as of the date hereof. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. The factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations are detailed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, such as its annual and quarterly reports and current reports on Form 8-K.
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