Fastfood company McDonalds announced today (Friday) that global sales for McDonald's restaurants increased 6.2% in June, 6.3% in the second quarter and 7.1% year- to-date. In constant currencies, these increases were 4.9%, 3.9% and 4.8%, respectively.

"Our aligned focus on further strengthening our worldwide business has produced another quarter of solid sales growth," said McDonald's CEO Jim Skinner

"In the US we continue to deliver strong sales results on top of last year's outstanding performance. Customers continue to positively respond to new products such as the Fruit & Walnut Salad, core menu favourites and extended hours; all combining to keep our momentum going. With more restaurants open longer hours this summer and new Premium Chicken Sandwiches set to launch in August, I'm confident our US business will continue to deliver good results."

"In Europe, we're building customer visits through greater menu variety and compelling value propositions, both of which contributed to positive comparable sales of 1.3% in June. Positive performance in France and Germany was partly offset by continued weakness in the United Kingdom," he said. "We're intensifying our focus on improving the restaurant experience through initiatives designed to deliver better service, enhanced food taste, and greater menu variety, choice and value. I am confident that our efforts under the leadership of new European president, Denis Hennequin, will maximize our business momentum across Europe."