NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Shares of McDonald's (MCD - Get Report) got a boost of almost a 2% on Monday after the hamburger giant reported May sales rose 2.6% worldwide for restaurants that have been opened at least one year, including a 2.4% gain in U.S. sales.The company said new items such as egg white sandwiches, chicken wraps and various Dollar-Menu offerings helped results. These are certainly encouraging numbers from a sector that includes Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) and Yum! Brands (YUM), which have posted pretty uninspiring results, to put it mildly.
To that end, franchised stores posted a 2% year-over-year increase in revenue, while sales from company-owned stores were flat. Again, this is only one part of the story. Meanwhile, comps, which is another way to say same-store sales, leads every chapter. Comps is the metric that tracks the sales performance of restaurants that have been opened at least one year. Relative to Chipotle, which posted 1% growth in comps and is not nearly as large, the fact that McDonald's comps were down 1% wasn't as alarming as some made it out to be. Worldwide sales have not been up to the company's usual standards. But the company made this up by a 2% year-over-year increase in Europe and the APMEA (Asia Pacific/Middle East/Africa).