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OAK BROOK, IL-McDonald’s year-over-year same-store sales rose 3.4% in August, fueled mainly by growth abroad. Sales in Africa, Asia and the Middle East rose 4% last month.

Europe, up 3.6%, bounced back from last year’s August performance, when sales fell 0.9%. In the US, comp sales last month increased 3.2%.

Year-top-date, the US has led all segments with a 4.8% same-store sales jump. Africa, Asia and the Middle East are up 3.6% and Europe has risen 2.1%. At this time last year, same-store sales had gained 7.6%.

The US increases were fueled by a new line of chicken sandwiches and breakfast business, executives say. Domestic same-store sales were up for the 29th consecutive month, which is the longest streak for the company in 25 years, officials say.

About 200 McDonald’s restaurants were closed during the height of Hurricane Katrina, and about 100 still remain to be reopened. Around the globe, McDonald’s operates about 30,000 fast-food restaurants.

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