Fastfood giant McDonald’s has reported a 32nd consecutive month of comparable sales increases.

It has announced a sales improvement of 5.0% for December 2005, compared to the same month in the previous year. McDonald’s’ global sales for the fourth quarter rose by 4.2%, and by 3.9% for the 2005 full year, when compared to global sales in 2004.

McDonald’s CEO Jim Skinner said: ” The positive comparable sales achieved across all segments for the second consecutive year is evidence of the effectiveness of our ongoing customer-focused initiatives.”

For the month of December, US comparable sales rose 4.4%, European sales were up 4.6%, and in Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa, comparable sales increased 5.9% led by strong results in Japan, Australia and Taiwan.

“As we look forward to 2006, I am confident that our customer-focused initiatives will continue to further connect with consumers and deliver long term, profitable growth for all McDonald’s shareholders,” added Skinner.

Fourth quarter 2005 earnings are expected to be about US$0.48 per share, including a combined $0.03 per share of negative impact from foreign currency exchange rates and expense related to asset impairment, primarily in South Korea.