McDonalds All-Day-Breakfast Leads To Record U.S. Sales

Manasi Gandhi

McDonald's, is working to turnaround its business under CEO Steve Easterbrook, making the menu simpler, improving service times and raising worker wages.

Same-store sales, the numbers for stores open at least a year, rose 5.7 percent in the United States in the quarter that ended December 31, and 5 percent on a global basis. It was the strongest gain in such sales in almost four years.

CNN Money reported that it was all part of Easterbrook's strategy to turn McDonald's into a "modern, progressive burger company" -- marketing jargon for tastier and fresher food.

Easterbrook said the following in the company's earnings release Monday.

"We took bold, urgent action in 2015 to reset the business and position McDonald's to deliver sustained profitable growth."

McDonald's recently introduced mozzarella sticks and is considering launching mac and cheese sweet potato fries. The company also introduced a new value menu, the McPick, which gives customers a choice of two items from a menu of four for $2 total.

According to a CNBC report, Jeffrey Bernstein, senior restaurant analyst at Barclays, said.

"As we enter 2016, we expect continued positive top-line momentum across all segments. People can't get enough of the Egg McMuffins in the afternoons and the evenings. Breakfast and value I think would be the key drivers, and as we move into 2016, I'm sure they'll refocus on some premium products as well."

"I think the key takeaway with the all-day breakfast is the fact they were able to roll it out in a matter of six months. That wasn't something we saw under previous leadership, and I think that bodes well for a lot of the new initiatives."

"It's one of the oldest items they've had on their menu, and it's still one of the most popular," said Darren Tristano, who is the president of Technomic, a food industry market research firm. "Selling it all daylong was a no-brainer."

Analysts researched into the McDonald's app, which became available for downloading in July but was not advertised until October, and how it was affecting business. On the conference call Monday, Mr. Easterbrook said that seven million people had downloaded the app, though fewer went on to register. Those who register, sharing their information with McDonald's, become eligible for special deals, like getting a sixth cup of coffee free after buying five.

McDonald's has been in a turnaround that Mr. Easterbrook started when he became chief executive last March. The company changed its structure to try to encourage the exchange of ideas around the globe, and it announced it would sell off some 3,500 of its company-owned stores. Such steps are expected to reduce its costs by $300 million by 2018.

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