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McDonald's Global Comparable Sales Increase for the 22nd Consecutive Month

- Global comparable sales up 1.6%

- U.S. comparable sales rise 4.6%

Mar 8, 2005

McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD) announced today that global Systemwide sales for McDonald's restaurants increased 4.4% in February, 2.7% in constant currencies, compared with February 2004. Comparable sales for McDonald's restaurants worldwide increased 1.6%.

McDonald's Chief Executive Officer Jim Skinner commented, "We delivered solid results in February against the prior year's outstanding global comparable sales performance that included one extra day due to leap year. For February 2005, U.S. comparable sales rose 4.6% despite three percentage points of negative impact as we lapped the leap year benefit. The ongoing strength of the strategic U.S. menu, marketing and service initiatives, as well as strong consumer response to our nationally advertised Chicken Selects® sampling event contributed to the monthly performance.

"In Europe, comparable sales declined 3.4%, reflecting a nearly four percentage point negative impact due to leap year. In addition, Germany's results were weak, partly due to inclement weather that affected results throughout Europe. In response to Germany's ongoing economic challenges, we continue to emphasize our everyday value menu balanced with premium product offerings to satisfy customers' appetite for choice and variety. We remain focused and disciplined as we work to strengthen our performance across Europe. I am confident that we are taking the right steps to build sustainable momentum in this critical business segment.

"Our Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa segment delivered positive monthly comparable sales of 1.7% despite a five percentage point negative leap year effect. February 2005 results for the segment reflected positive impact in several markets from the Chinese New Year holiday as well as continued solid performance in Taiwan and Australia."

Later this morning in New York City, McDonald's will announce the details of a new worldwide campaign to promote balanced, active lifestyles. Additional details will be available after 10:00 a.m. ET at .

   February Comparable Sales
                                           Month-to-Date    Year-to-Date
   Percent Increase/(Decrease)              2005    2004    2005    2004
   McDonald's Restaurants*                   1.6    13.9     3.4    11.9
   Major Segments:
    U.S.                                     4.6    20.1     4.4    16.7
    Europe                                  (3.4)    7.7     1.1     7.1
    APMEA**                                  1.7     6.2     4.6     6.3
   February Systemwide Sales
                                   Month-to-Date          Year-to-Date
                                     As    Constant         As    Constant
   Percent Increase/(Decrease) Reported    Currency   Reported    Currency
   McDonald's Restaurants*          4.4         2.7        6.4         4.3
   Major Segments:
    U.S.                            5.4         5.4        5.1         5.1
    Europe                          1.3        (1.8)       6.5         2.6
    APMEA**                         5.1         3.2        8.1         6.0
        * Excludes non-McDonald's brands
       ** Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa

   - Comparable sales represent sales at all McDonald's restaurants in
     operation at least thirteen months, excluding the impact of currency
     translation.  Management reviews the increase or decrease in comparable
     sales compared with the same period in the prior year to assess
     business trends.
   - Information in constant currency is calculated by translating current
     year results at prior year average exchange rates.
   - Systemwide sales include sales at all McDonald's restaurants, including
     those operated by the Company, franchisees and affiliates.  Management
     believes Systemwide sales information is useful in analyzing the
     Company's revenues because franchisees and affiliates pay rent, service
     fees and/or royalties that generally are based on a percent of sales
     with specified minimum rent payments.
   - The number of weekdays and weekend days can impact our reported
     comparable sales.  For the month of February 2005, this calendar
     shift/trading day adjustment related to leap year and consisted of one
     less trading day (a Sunday) compared with February 2004.

  Upcoming Communications

Jim Skinner, McDonald's Chief Executive Officer, will speak at the Bear Stearns Retail, Restaurant & Apparel Conference at 12:15 p.m. (Eastern Time) on March 10, 2005. A link to the live and archived webcast will be available on .

McDonald's tentatively plans to release March sales on April 13, 2005.

McDonald's is the leading global foodservice retailer with more than 30,000 local restaurants in 119 countries. Approximately 70% of McDonald's restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent, local businessmen and women. Please visit our website at to learn more about the Company.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains certain forward-looking statements, which reflect management's expectations regarding future events and operating performance and speak only as of the date hereof. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. A list of the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or underlying, these forward-looking statements is detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, such as its annual and quarterly reports.

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