The restaurant operator finished the year with a slip of 3.8% during December for comparable-store sales in the U.S.
The company's outlook on capex spending and cost controls were roughly in-line with previous guidance.
The positive spin from the quarter was that restaurant-level margin was better than forecast.
The quick analysts take is that McDonald's "customer-facing" initiatives in the U.S. have fallen flat. On that note McDonald's may be a step ahead: A new top marketing exec was hired earlier today.
MCD -0.7% premarket,