Sales at US stores open at least a year jumped 4.6% in the three months that ended on September 30 compared to the same period last year, according to a document the company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday. It plans to reveal its full third-quarter financial results in November. The company also announced a dividend increase.
The results mark an improvement compared to the second quarter, the three months that ended on June 30, when sales at US stores open at least a year fell 8.7 percent.
McDonald’s US locations are getting fewer customers, even though people are spending more per order. And international same-store sales are still negative. They dragged down the company’s overall comparable sales to 2.2 percent in the third quarter compared to the same period last year.
Marketing and promotional activity helped the company achieve low double-digit comparable sales growth in the United States in September, according to the filing.