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McDonald’s global comparable sales decline

McDonald's reported weaker-than-expected quarterly revenue as fewer customers ate at its restaurants, partly due to severe winter weather in the United States.

The fast-food chain also reported a 0.1 percent decline in global sales at established restaurants in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31.

McDonald's shares fell nearly 1 percent in premarket trading. (Click here to track the fast-food giant's shares following the report.)

The world's biggest restaurant chain by revenue has posted five straight quarters of disappointing sales.

McDonald's signaled in October that weakness in its same-restaurant sales would continue in the fourth quarter amid stiff competition and a lackluster economic recovery.

"As we begin 2014, global comparable sales for the month of January are expected to be relatively flat,'' Chief Executive Don Thompson said in a statement on Thursday.

Efforts by Thompson in the roughly 18 months since he took the top job—such as tweaking menus and changing management—have not borne fruit, raising concern that McDonald's woes are due to internal rather than external factors.

The company known for its crispy french fries and Big Mac hamburgers reported net income of $1.40 billion, or $1.40 per share, compared with $1.40 billion, or $1.38 per share, a year earlier.


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