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McDonald's beats sales estimates as cheaper menu, new launches drive demand

Shares of the company rose about 2 per cent to $261 in premarket trading as it also raised its quarterly cash dividend by 10 per cent.
Last Updated : 30 October 2023, 12:12 IST

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McDonald's beat Wall Street estimates for third-quarter profit and sales on Monday, powered by new launches as well as steady demand for its cheaper burgers and fries from diners struggling with still-high food prices.

Shares of the company rose about 2 per cent to $261 in premarket trading as it also raised its quarterly cash dividend by 10 per cent.

The burger giant has been able to keep its meals relatively more affordable following the industry-wide hike in prices last year, helping counter the trend of inflation-hit consumers opting to eat more at home and a decline in footfall.

Global comparable sales at McDonald's jumped 8.8 per cent in the quarter ended Sept. 30, while analysts on average expected a 7.36 per cent rise, according to LSEG data.

Drawing on its history of menu enhancements, McDonald's launched the Cheesy Jalapeno Bacon quarter pounder in July and brought back the fan-favorite Spicy Chicken McNuggets to menus in September.

Both items likely drove solid sales growth in the third quarter, UBS analysts had noted.

While overall dining traffic fell in all three months of the quarter, McDonald's saw a 7.3 per cent jump in July, data from Placer.ai showed.

Footfall strength at the company tapered off in the next two months - recording declines of 1.1 per cent and 3.7 per cent - but remained ahead of the broader industry trends.

Comparable sales in the United States climbed 8.1 per cent in the quarter, beating estimates of a 7.4 per cent increase, thanks also to higher average spending at stores.

Meanwhile, same-store sales in McDonald's international operated markets increased 8.3 per cent, edging past expectations for 8.03 per cent growth.

Total quarterly revenue increased 14 per cent to $6.69 billion, beating estimates of $6.58 billion.

Net income rose to $2.32 billion, or $3.17 per share, from $1.98 billion, or $2.68 per share, a year earlier.

On an adjusted basis, McDonald's posted a per-share profit of $3.19, handily beating estimates of $3.00.

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Published 30 October 2023, 12:12 IST

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