McDonald’s continues to grow, Australian operations remain strong

Posted by Isobel Drake on 11th May 2009

McDonald’s has announced another strong rise in global comparable sales as cost-conscious diners continue to frequent the fast-food restaurant.

“By continuing to provide the menu variety and value consumers want with the fast, friendly service they expect from McDonald’s, we’ve strengthened our connection with customers and driven comparable sales growth for six consecutive years,” Chief Executive Officer, Jim Skinner, suggested.

Comparable sales rose 6.9% in April, marking the 72nd consecutive monthly increase, although the strength of their home currency saw sales fall after exchanging figures into US dollar terms.

Their core menu, beverages including the new McCafe coffees and snacks were seen to be strong contributors to the strong result.

Australian growth robust

“In Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa, April comparable sales increased 6.5% driven by Australia and Japan, partly offset by China,” the company advised. “Locally relevant menu choices, everyday affordability and extended hours contributed to April’s performance.”