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Jan 16, 2005
McDonald's Former President and CEO Charlie Bell Dies of Cancer

McDonald's Corporation announced today that Charlie Bell, the corporation's former President and Chief Executive Officer, died today of colorectal cancer in his hometown of Sydney, Australia....

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Dec 13, 2004
Claire Babrowski Resigns After "31 Exemplary Years of Service" to McDonald's

Claire Babrowski, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Restaurant Operations Officer for McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD), has resigned from the company after 31 years. Jim Skinner,...

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Dec 13, 2004
McDonald's Named 'Marketer of the Year'

McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD) was honored today as "Marketer of the Year" by Advertising Age magazine, for the brand's marketing achievements around the world in 2004. "I'm lovin' it! We're...

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Dec 9, 2004
McDonald's Reports Strong Global Comparable Sales for November and Other Items

McDonald's Corporation announced today that November 2004 Systemwide sales for McDonald's restaurants increased 9.3%, or 5.1% in constant currencies, compared with November 2003. Comparable sales...

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Dec 2, 2004
McDonald's® and SEGA® Reveal Details of New Happy Meal® Promotion Featuring Sonic™ and 'Search for the Silver Game'

As families take to the roadways this holiday season, whether braving the malls or traveling to grandma's, McDonald's® Happy Meals will offer hours of playtime adventures with SEGA® as well as a...

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Nov 22, 2004
McDonald's: Charlie Bell Steps Down; Board Elects Jim Skinner CEO and Mike Roberts President & COO

Andrew J. McKenna, Chairman of the Board of Directors of McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD), issued the following statement today after a meeting of the Board: "Charlie Bell has informed us of his...

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Nov 8, 2004
McDonald's Reports Strong Global Comparable Sales for October - Up 6.1%

Charlie Bell, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Our customer-focused Plan to Win continues to generate impressive sales results. Global comparable sales were up 6.1% in October,...

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Nov 3, 2004
The World of the Incredibles Brought to Life at McDonald's®

From the creators of Happy Meal® classics such as Finding Nemo and Toy Story 2, comes the next highly anticipated Happy Meal and theatrical event The Incredibles. A Disney presentation of a Pixar...

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Oct 19, 2004
McDonald's Third Quarter EPS Rises 42% to New Record

McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD) today announced strong operating results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2004. The company reported diluted earnings per share of...

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Oct 13, 2004
McDonald's Reports Strong Global Comparable Sales and Preliminary Third Quarter Earnings Per Share

Today, McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD) reported that Systemwide sales for all McDonald's restaurants increased 11.4% in September and 10.1% for the third quarter. In constant currencies, these...

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Oct 5, 2004
Ronald McDonald House® Program Celebrates 30 Years of Helping Children and Families Smile Again

This month marks the 30th anniversary of the first Ronald McDonald House, which opened its doors on October 15, 1974, to provide temporary lodging for families with children receiving medical...

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Sep 15, 2004
McDonald's® Brings Magic to Many

One hundred lucky McDonald's guests will win the opportunity to experience a Walt Disney World® Resort Magical Gathering™ vacation as part of a unique promotional initiative. The McDonald's...

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Sep 14, 2004
McDonald's Boosts Dividend 38% to 55 Cents Per Share; Dividend Has More Than Doubled Over Two Years

McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) Board of Directors today approved a 38 percent increase in the Company's annual dividend, boosting the annual cash payout from 40 cents per share to 55 cents per share, and...

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Sep 8, 2004
McDonald's Reports August Global Comparable Sales Up 3.9% -- Its 16th Consecutive Monthly Increase

Charlie Bell, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Our customer-focused Plan to Win continues to drive sales increases. Global comparable sales were up 3.9% in August -- our 16th...

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Aug 26, 2004
Pendeli Pediatric Hospital Patients Receive Gift of 'Ronald McDonald® Open Arms Playroom'

In the spirit of the Olympic Games, today McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD) and Ronald McDonald House Charities made their first-ever donation of a playroom for a pediatric hospital in Athens at...

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Aug 24, 2004
McDonald's® Invites People Around the World to Step With It and 'Go Active!™'

McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD) today unveiled Go Active! Day in Athens, Greece by announcing new worldwide initiatives showcasing the company's ongoing commitment to active, balanced...

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Aug 23, 2004
McDonald's Salads Break Olympic Record

As the second week of the Olympic Games begins, McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD) -- the Official Restaurant Partner of the Games -- has announced that its three Olympic venue restaurants have...

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Aug 19, 2004
McDonald's® Goes Beyond an Apple a Day

McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) leaders speaking at the U.S. Apple Association's 2004 Apple Crop Outlook and Marketing Conference today in Chicago, Illinois, extended their commitment as the world's...

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Aug 19, 2004
The 25 Years of Happiness Celebration Continues at McDonald's®, Happy Meals Feature Family Favorites; Perennial Favorites, Polly Pocket!™ and Hot Wheels® Cars and Hello Kitty® and G.I. JOE to Be Featured in McDonald's Fall Line Up

The 25 Years of Happiness Happy Birthday Happy Meal® celebration continues at McDonald's with the return of classic kid favorites. As the Happy Meal celebrates its 25th birthday, iconic...

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Aug 18, 2004
McDonald's® Expands Cashless Payment Options for Customers With MasterCard PayPass

McDonald's® today announced an agreement to accept MasterCard® PayPass™, a new "contactless" payment option utilizing radio frequency technology at select McDonald's restaurants in the U.S....

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Aug 13, 2004
McDonald's® Crowns World's Best 'Big Mac® Sandwich Builders' in Athens

Speed, accuracy, teamwork, excellence -- just some of the important Olympic attributes demonstrated today at McDonald's Big Mac Building competition, featuring crew champions from its restaurants...

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Aug 9, 2004
McDonald's Momentum Continues Global Comparable Sales Rise For The 15th Consecutive Month

McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD) announced today that comparable sales for McDonald's restaurants worldwide increased 6.4% for the month. Systemwide sales, which includes sales for all...

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Aug 5, 2004
McDonald's Corporation Highlights Global Results in Comprehensive 2004 Corporate Responsibility Report

McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD) today issued its 2004 Corporate Responsibility Report - highlighting global initiatives and providing an in-depth analysis of several corporate...

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Aug 4, 2004
McDonald's Corporation Media Briefing

Thursday, August 5, 2004 McDonald's Corporation Oak Brook, IL Hamburger University, Room 264 9:30 a.m. MANAGEMENT PANEL (moderated by Walt Riker, Vice President, Corporate Communications) Jim...

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Jul 22, 2004
McDonald's Second Quarter EPS Rises 27% to New Record; Margins Widen on Strong Comparable Sales Worldwide

McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD) today announced strong operating results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2004. The Company reported diluted earnings per share of $0.47, up...

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