McDonald's

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Monday reported healthy October sales, but the pace of growth was down markedly from a year ago because of what the company called tough comparisons.

Overall same-store sales rose 6.1%, while system-wide sales rose 9.5%.

Same-store sales in the U.S. rose 7.5%, vs. a 15.1% gain a year ago. The company said its popular Monopoly game contributed to October's performance in both years.

At this time a year ago, McDonald's was in the early stages of an impressive turnaround, having introduced a sweeping revival plan in April, which produced sharp increases in sales.

Sales in Europe rose just 2% in October, held back by Germany's struggling economy, but sales in its Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa region grew 6.1%, slightly less than a year ago.

In October, the company reported a 42% jump in third-quarter profit, earning $778 million, or 61 cents a share, compared with $547 million, or 43 cents, in the year-ago period -- in line with the consensus of analysts polled by Thomson First Call. Revenue rose 9% to $4.9 billion.

Shares ended at $30.6 Friday.