McDonald's Previews Fat Quarter

McDonald's ( MCD) reported another solid rise in same-store sales for June and previewed second-quarter earnings that are above analyst forecasts.

The burger chain said June same-store sales rose 5.9% globally and 5.2% in the U.S., both compared with a year ago. The company cited its "worldwide efforts to make the McDonald's experience increasingly relevant."

"In the U.S., McDonald's continues to be the favored breakfast destination, and we are now attracting even more customers," the company said. "This positive breakfast trend and a popular Happy Meal promotion helped drive U.S. comparable sales up 5.2% in June."

Overseas, Asia-Pacific comps rose 8.8%, while European same-store sales rose 4.5%. "We're building sales throughout Europe by appealing to a broad range of customer preferences with premium sandwiches and salads, classic menu favorites and everyday low-price offerings," the company said.

For the second quarter, McDonald's sees bottom line earnings of 67 cents a share, including a gain of 10 cents a share from the sale of Chipotle ( CMG) and extra expenses totaling 2 cents a share.

Analysts, on average, were expecting earnings of 56 cents a share in the most recent quarter.

In premarket trading Monday, McDonald's stock rose 77 cents, or 2.3%, to $33.81.

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