McDonald's new drinks drive Aug. sales jump

Company cites popularity of smoothies, frappes in U.S.

McDonald’s Corp. said its new blended beverages continued to drive strong sales in its U.S. business, contributing to a 4.9-percent increase in global same-store sales in August.

Same-store sales for the month rose 4.6 percent in the United States, 2.2 percent in Europe and 7.8 percent in the company’s Asia/Pacific, Middle East, Africa, or APMEA, division, McDonald's said Thursday.

Chief executive Jim Skinner said a “unique balance of food and b

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