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McDonald's Reports 24th Consecutive Month of Positive Global Comparable Sales

- U.S. comparable sales increased 4.7%

- Global comparable sales increased 2.8%

May 9, 2005

McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD) announced today that global Systemwide sales for McDonald's restaurants increased 6.7% in April, or 3.9% in constant currencies. Comparable sales for McDonald's restaurants worldwide increased 2.8%.

McDonald's Chief Executive Officer Jim Skinner commented, "Our strategic focus on our customers and restaurants continues to drive our business with April marking our 24th consecutive month of global comparable sales increases.

"Building on its strong momentum, our U.S. business posted a 4.7% comparable sales gain in April as a result of combined operations and marketing initiatives that continue to enhance our consumer relevance. Tomorrow McDonald's U.S.A. will launch national advertising of our new Fruit & Walnut Premium Salad. Available all day long, this exciting premium menu addition provides even more choice and variety for our customers.

"In Europe, April comparable sales were down 0.7% against last year's 5.0% increase. April 2005 results were hurt by the previously discussed shift of Easter and related school holidays from April in 2004 to March in 2005. We also continue to face a challenging operating environment in Germany and the United Kingdom. Despite this, I'm confident we are on the right track in Europe by delivering more relevant marketing, additional menu variety and everyday branded affordability.

"Comparable sales for Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa were up 1.6% in April driven by positive performance in Australia, Japan and Taiwan, partly offset by weakness in China.

"Globally, we will continue to build on the momentum of our Plan to Win. We know we are only as good as our customers' last visit, so we are strengthening our efforts to further enhance their overall experience through operations excellence and leadership marketing."

   April Comparable Sales
                                           Month-to-Date    Year-to-Date
   Percent Increase/(Decrease)              2005    2004    2005    2004
   McDonald's Restaurants*                   2.8    10.5     4.1     9.7
   Major Segments:
    U.S.                                     4.7    13.5     5.1    14.0
    Europe                                  (0.7)    5.0     1.9     3.9
    APMEA**                                  1.6    10.1     4.5     6.3

   April Systemwide Sales
                                  Month-to-Date           Year-to-Date
                                   As  In Constant         As  In Constant
   Percent Increase          Reported     Currency   Reported     Currency
   McDonald's Restaurants*        6.7          3.9        7.7          5.2
   Major Segments:
    U.S.                          5.4          5.4        5.8          5.8
    Europe                        8.1          0.7        9.3          3.5
    APMEA**                       4.8          2.9        8.4          5.8
    * 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.

  Upcoming Communications

Jim Skinner, Chief Executive Officer, and Matthew Paull, Chief Financial Officer, will speak at Sanford Bernstein's 21st Annual Strategic Decisions Conference at approximately 9 a.m. (Eastern Time) on June 2, 2005. A link to the live and archived webcast of this presentation will be available on

McDonald's plans to release May sales information on June 8, 2005.

McDonald's is the leading global foodservice retailer with more than 30,000 local restaurants in more than 100 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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