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said global systemwide sales increased 6.7% in April, while same-store sales for the fast-food chain rose 2.8%.

The company's U.S. business posted a 4.7% comparable sales gain in April. In Europe, April comparable sales were down 0.7% vs. last year's 5% increase. April 2005 results were hurt by the timing of Easter and school holidays, the company said.

McDonald's said it also continues "to face a challenging operating environment in Germany and the United Kingdom."

Same-store sales for the company's Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa operations were up 1.6% in April, driven by a positive performance in Australia, Japan and Taiwan, which was partly offset by weakness in China.

Systemwide sales are comprised of those at all McDonald's restaurants, including those operated by the company, franchisees and affiliates.