) -- Coffee and the Le Big Mac powered


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in July, boosting same-store sales by 4.3%.

Systemwide sales were down 0.3%, but rose 6.2% after excluding the impact of foreign currencies.

On Monday, the fast food behemoth said that the sales growth was largely attributed to a 7.2% jump in European same-store sales, which itself was driven by good results in France and the U.K.

Its Asia, Middle East and Africa segment reported a 2.1% jump in same-store sales due to Australia's performance largely offsetting China sales.

According to a press release, the company attributed a 2.6% jump in same-store sales in the U.S. to a few new offerings, including McCafe espresso-based coffees.

At the end of July, McDonald's

highlighted its McCafe performance as an up-note in its second-quarter earnings release. Still, the company reported an 8% fall in earnings thanks to a forex hit.

Though this shows signs that low-cost food offerings never go out of style during an economic downturn, recent reports also show that restaurateurs like McDonald's,


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are beginning to put increasing

focus on more expensive, premium menu items, too.

-- Reported by Sung Moss in New York

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