McDonald's profit slips as same-store sales come in flat

|About: McDonald's Corporation (MCD)|By:, SA News Editor

McDonald's (MCD -2.3%) opens lower after reporting a 1% Y/Y drop in Q2 earnings, which also came in below expectations,

Global comparable sales from Q2 were relatively flat vs. expectations of a 0.8% gain, reflecting negative guest traffic in all major segments: Same-store U.S. sales fell 1.5% vs. estimates of a 0.3% decline, reflecting negative comparable guest traffic amid "ongoing broad-based challenges," same-store Europe sales fell 1% vs. expectations for 0.7% growth, and Asia/Pacific same-store sales rose 1.1% vs. estimates for 1.5% growth as China sales remain strong.

Continuing strength in China is questionable following MCD's entanglement in another Chinese food safety scandal; Forbes’ Brian Solomon says, “If, as they have in the past, Chinese customers again spurn fast food chains associated with safety problems, it could negatively impact the earnings for McDonald’s.”