McDonald’s US sales just rose for the first time in 2 years

On Thursday morning, the company reported third-quarter earnings results that topped analysts’ forecasts.

Same-store sales — at locations open for at least one year — rose 0.9% in the US; analysts had expected a decline. Worldwide same-store sales increased 4%. 

McDonald’s is coming out of at least seven straight quarters of same-store-sales declines in the US. It implemented a turnaround strategy that included customizable burgers and all-day breakfast. The company said the new crispy buttermilk chicken sandwich and breakfast lifted US sales.

“I am encouraged by our operating performance for the quarter, with positive comparable sales across all segments, including the U.S., as well as sales recovery in China following the prior year supplier issue,” said CEO Steve Easterbrook in the statement. 

The company beat on adjusted earnings per share by $0.12, posting $1.40 for the third quarter. It took a $0.17 hit from the strong dollar, which diminished its overseas earnings when translated. Revenues fell 9% to $6.6 billion.

Shares rose by as much as 6% to an all-time high in pre-market trading. They have rallied 12% over the past year. 

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