Updated from 8:24 a.m. EDTEurope's fast-food kick helped McDonald's ( MCD) deliver a fat profit for its second quarter. The burger giant said Tuesday that it earned $834.1 million, or 67 cents a share, in the quarter, compared with $530.4 million, or 42 cents a share, a year ago. The results included a 10-cent gain related to the company's partial spinoff of its Mexican food chain, Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG), and charges totaling 2 cents a share for an asset sale and tax expenses. Excluding the items, McDonald's earned 59 cents a share in the latest quarter. On that basis, analysts were forecasting earnings of 58 cents a share, according to Thomson First Call. The company's total revenue rose 9% from a year ago to $5.57 billion on a same-store sales gain of 5.5%. Boosted by promotions tied to the World Cup, McDonald's business in Europe recorded a 6.3% increase in comps. Its U.S. business also posted a strong same-store sales gain of 4.2%. The Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa regions saw a 7.2% same-store sales rise. "Europe's 6.3% comparable sales increase was the strongest quarterly result in more than 10 years," McDonald's said. "We are pleased with Europe's improving profitability and remain intent on building upon these strong results." On a conference call Tuesday, McDonald's Chief Financial Officer Matthew Paull said the company's operating income rose 12% in the quarter thanks to strong sales and lower expenses on labor and utilities. Meanwhile, he expects McDonald's food costs for key ingredients like beef and cheese will go down this year. As for Chipotle, McDonald's filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission to spin off the remainder of the burrito chain to shareholders. It sees the deal done by the end of October. Shares of Chipotle recently were up $1.90, or 3.8%, to $52.50.