01/08/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

McDonald's Sales Jump

McDonald's posted higher November sales at restaurants open at least 13 months, helped by an extra weekend, while the strengthening dollar pressured international sales, especially in Europe.

McDonald's [MCD 60.92 -1.80 (-2.87%) ] and other fast-food restaurants have been boosted in recent months by cash-strapped consumers shifting down to their lower-priced fare during the recession.

The company has tried to keep a lid on costs and attracted customers with its popular Dollar Menu in the United States, while also introducing new items like premium coffee drinks and chicken biscuit breakfast sandwiches.

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