McDonald's November sales figure rises 7.4 percent

By the Associated Press | December 8, 2011 | 8:25 AM EST

OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) — McDonald's says a key revenue figure rose 7.4 percent in November on strong demand from markets around the world.

In the U.S., sales were boosted by strong demand for breakfast items and the seasonal addition of the peppermint mocha to its coffee menu.

The world's largest fast-food chain says revenue at stores open at least 13 months rose 6.5 percent in both the U.S. and Europe and 8.1 percent in Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.

The figures are a snapshot of money spent on food at both company-owned and franchised restaurants. They do not reflect corporate revenue. The figures are a key measure of a restaurant chain's performance, because they exclude the impact of recently opened or closed stores.