(New York) US fast food giant McDonald & # 39; s said on Thursday that sales at the same store in the United States rose again in the third quarter after a decline at the height of the pandemic.
Posted Oct 8, 2020 at 9:34 AM
Fast food chains, accustomed to takeaway menus and low prices, manage to outperform traditional country restaurants.
McDo & # 39; s saw their visitor numbers decline in early spring with the rapid spread of COVID-19, emptying cities from their tourists and shopping centers from their walkers.
Comparable store sales in the United States then fell by 8.7%.
But they already started to recover in May and June, thanks in part to drive-thru services. They eventually rose 4.6% between July and September.
"Our performance in the third quarter demonstrates the resilience of the McDonald & # 39; s brand," said CEO Chris Kempczinski in a statement.
The group's strengths – its drive-thru offering around the world, its delivery and online ordering capabilities – "became even more important during the pandemic," he stressed.
The group, which has also announced an increase in dividend to its shareholders, will announce its full quarterly results on November 9.
In contrast, worldwide McDonald & # 39; s sales fell 2.2% in the third quarter, based on the same store. They were down 23.9% in the second quarter.
The stock took 0.4% in electronic trading before the opening of the New York Stock Exchange.