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."