Fast Food giant, McDonald’s (MCD) quarterly sales beat estimates despite inflationary pressure on consumers, the war in Ukraine, and COVID-19 lockdowns in China, assisted by menu price hikes and the introduction of a new loyalty program. Global comparable sales increased 11.8%, above estimates for an 8.2% gain. Total revenue increased 11% to $5.67 billion, exceeding expectations for $5.59 billion. The introduction of a digital loyalty program late last year, which now has 26 million members helped drive a 3.5% increase in first-quarter comparable sales in its biggest market, the United States.
After shutting restaurants in Russia, McDonald’s lost $100 million due to the likely disposal of inventory in its supply chain. McDonald’s comparable sales in international licensed markets increased by nearly 15%, despite renewed COVID-19 lockdowns in China that temporarily closed restaurants across the country. Excluding costs to support the company’s business in Russia and Ukraine as well as other one-time expenses, McDonald’s earned a profit of $2.28 per share, exceeding estimates of $2.17.
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