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McDonald's Delivers Another Month of Strong Global Comparable Sales - November Up 7.7%

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

- U.S. up 4.5%

- Europe up 7.8%

- Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa up 13.2%

Dec 8, 2008

McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD)announced today that global comparable sales increased 7.7% in November. Systemwide sales for McDonald's worldwide restaurants were up 1.9% for the month, or 9.6% in constant currencies.

"McDonald's continued strong performance reflects the benefits of our multidimensional approach," said McDonald's Chief Executive Officer, Jim Skinner. "Convenient locations, extended hours and quality food at an outstanding value are all reasons why people are choosing McDonald's."

U.S. comparable sales increased 4.5% in November due to the strength of McDonald's market-leading breakfast business, the popularity of the chicken line-up as well as everyday value throughout the menu.

In Europe, November comparable sales rose 7.8% led by France, the U.K. and Russia. Locally relevant premium products and compelling value fueled the segment's results.

November comparable sales increased 13.2% in Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa due to strong sales growth in Japan, Australia and most other countries. Extended hours, breakfast and menu variety continue to deliver results.

  Percent Increase              Comparable        Systemwide   Sales
                                  Sales                As     Constant
  Month ended November 30,     2008     2007      Reported    Currency
  McDonald's Corporation        7.7      8.2           1.9         9.6
  Major Segments:
    U.S.                        4.5      4.4           5.5         5.5
    Europe                      7.8     10.8          (7.2)        9.9
    APMEA*                     13.2     12.0          13.4        17.1

  Year-To-Date November 30,
  McDonald's Corporation        7.1      7.0          12.2         8.6
  Major Segments:
    U.S.                        3.9      4.9           4.8         4.8
    Europe                      8.8      7.6          17.1        10.6
    APMEA*                      9.3     10.4          19.9        12.2
      * 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 November 2008, this calendar
     shift/trading day adjustment consisted of one less Thursday and Friday,
     and one more Saturday and Sunday compared with November 2007.  The
     resulting adjustment varied by area of the world, ranging from
     approximately 0.0% to +2.8%.

  Upcoming Communications

McDonald's tentatively plans to release fourth quarter results before the market opens on January 26, 2009 and will host an investor webcast. This webcast will be broadcast live and available for replay for a limited time thereafter on

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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