March sales decline puts a dent in McD’s 1st-Q

OAK BROOK Ill. The first decline in U.S. monthly same-store sales in five years at burger giant McDonald’s Corp. marred the company’s otherwise strong first-quarter earnings report, which included a 24-percent surge in profit on strong overseas sales.

The 0.8-percent drop in domestic same-store sales for March contrasted with a quarterly same-store sales increase of 2.9 percent at U.S. locations. That quarterly gain reflected the previously reported monthly

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