Good Month for McDonald's

Same-store sales in the U.S. were up 3.4% in May, and comp sales rise 4.9% in Europe.
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said Thursday that systemwide sales for its restaurants around the world increased 6.2% last month, as business benefited from offerings such as the Chicken Mythics in France and the Big Tasty in Germany.

Same-store sales in the U.S. were up 3.4% in May, and comp sales rose 4.9% in Europe. Same-store sales climbed 6.5% in the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Africa, mainly owing to strong sales in Japan and a sustained positive performance in Australia.

"In the U.S., we're appealing to customers' contemporary lifestyles with our popular breakfast menu featuring the recently launched premium coffee blend, new products like our unique Asian Salad and Premium Chicken Sandwich line, and our longer, more convenient hours," the Oak Brook, Ill., fast-food giant said in a press release.

McDonald's also said a marketing campaign linked to the World Cup soccer tournament, including the U.K.'s text-message-to-win game, contributed to its European results.

Shares of McDonald's were stronger in premarket trading, gaining 78 cents, or 2.3%, to $34.10.