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McDonald's Continues to Deliver - Global Comparable Sales Up 8.2% in October

McDonald's October comparable sales increases by segment were as follows:

- U.S. up 5.3%

- Europe up 9.8%

- Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa up 11.5%

Nov 10, 2008

McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD) announced today that global comparable sales rose 8.2% in October. Systemwide sales for McDonald's worldwide restaurants increased 5.4% for the month, or 9.9% in constant currencies.

McDonald's Chief Executive Officer Jim Skinner said, "McDonald's strong October sales show that we are delivering what customers count on from McDonald's -- choice, variety and high-quality food and beverages at affordable prices."

U.S. comparable sales increased 5.3% in October due to the enduring appeal of McDonald's breakfast, recent product introductions such as Southern Style Chicken, compelling value throughout the menu and the continued popularity of McDonald's Monopoly game.

In Europe, strong performance in the U.K., France and Russia and positive results in nearly all other markets drove a comparable sales increase of 9.8%. Unique menu items and promotions as well as everyday value options continue to resonate with customers and drive results.

Comparable sales were up 11.5% in Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa, driven by robust sales growth in Australia and broad-based strength throughout the segment. Locally-relevant menu choices, branded affordability, and extended hours fueled the segment's October sales.

  Percent Increase              Comparable          Systemwide Sales
                                  Sales                As     Constant
  Month ended October 31,      2008     2007      Reported    Currency
  McDonald's Corporation        8.2      6.9           5.4         9.9
  Major Segments:
    U.S.                        5.3      5.4           6.3         6.3
    Europe                      9.8      6.4           2.2        11.6
    APMEA*                     11.5      9.4          13.0        15.1

  Year-To-Date October 31,
  McDonald's Corporation        7.0      6.9          13.2         8.5
  Major Segments:
    U.S.                        3.9      4.9           4.8         4.8
    Europe                      8.9      7.3          19.8        10.7
    APMEA*                      8.9     10.2          20.5        11.7
      * Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa

  -- Comparable sales represent sales at all restaurants in operation at
     least thirteen months including those temporarily closed, excluding the
     impact of currency translation.  Some of the reasons restaurants may be
     temporarily closed include reimaging or remodeling, rebuilding, road
     construction and natural disasters.  Management reviews the increase or
     decrease in comparable sales compared with the same period in the prior
     year to assess business trends.
  -- Constant currency results exclude the effects of currency translation
     and are calculated by translating current year results at prior year
     average exchange rates.
  -- Systemwide sales include sales at all 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 and/or
     royalties that generally are based on a percent of sales with specified
     minimum rent payments.
  -- The number of weekdays, weekend days and timing of holidays can impact
     our reported comparable sales.  In October 2008, this calendar
     shift/trading day adjustment consisted of one less Monday and Tuesday,
     and one more Thursday and Friday compared with October 2007.  The
     resulting adjustment varied by area of the world, ranging from
     approximately +0.6% to +1.4%.

  Upcoming Communications

McDonald's tentatively plans to release November sales on December 8, 2008.

McDonald's is the leading global foodservice retailer with more than 31,000 local restaurants in more than 100 countries. More than 75% of McDonald's restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by franchisees and affiliates. 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. The factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations are detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, such as its annual and quarterly reports and current reports on Form 8-K.

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