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McDonald's Reports February 2003 Sales

Mar 12, 2003

McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD) announced today total Systemwide sales for February 2003 increased 4% to $3.1 billion over February 2002 (in constant currencies sales declined 1%). Total Brand McDonald's sales for restaurants in operation at least 13 months (comparable sales) declined 4.7% in constant currencies, compared with a 0.4% increase in February 2002.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim Cantalupo said: "I remain confident that we have the right team in place to aggressively confront our challenges and revitalize our business, despite current sales performance. U.S. February sales were impacted by the sluggish U.S. economy and severe winter weather. In Europe, we continued to face economic weakness in certain markets along with unfavorable weather conditions and strong prior year comparisons. We will discuss the factors behind these results in greater detail in conjunction with our first quarter earnings release."

   Brand McDonald's               Systemwide Sales               Comparable
   Major Segments                                                  Sales**
   Month ended                                 Percent            Increase/
   February 28                            Increase/(Decrease)    (Decrease)
   Dollars in                               As       Constant     Constant
   millions         2003        2002     Reported    Currency*    Currency*
   U.S.          $1,488.4    $1,513.7      (2)         n/a          (4.4)
   Europe           855.0       714.5      20           (1)         (3.9)
   APMEA***         525.0       498.6       5           (3)         (7.5)

   *    Information in constant currencies excludes the effect of foreign
        currency translation on reported results, except for
        hyperinflationary economies, whose functional currency is the U.S.
        Dollar.  Constant currency results are calculated by translating the
        current year results at prior year average exchange rates.
   **   Comparable sales represent the change in sales from the same period
        in the prior year for restaurants in operation at least thirteen
   ***  Asia/Pacific/Middle East and Africa
   n/a  Not applicable

McDonald's operates more than 30,000 restaurants serving 46 million customers each day in more than 100 countries, generating more than $40 billion in annual Systemwide sales. Additional information about McDonald's is available at .

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