NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 11/16/12 -- The Restaurant Industry has struggled in 2012 as they have had to battle economic slowdowns not only in the U.S. but in Europe, and China as well. "It's been very rare that we've ever seen all of our major markets experiencing the impact of these kinds of global economies at the same time," said McDonald's CEO, Don Thompson, on a conference call with analysts. The Paragon Report examines investing opportunities in the Restaurants Industry and provides equity research on McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD) and Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM).
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Industry bellwether, McDonalds, recently reported its first monthly sales decline in nine years. Same store sales in the U.S. and Europe fell 2.2 percent, while the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa region fell 2.4 percent. McDonald's numbers came shortly after Chipotle Mexican Grill forecasted decelerating same-restaurant sales growth for 2013.
"I think the conclusion is that demand is slow in the United States," Bernstein Research analyst Sara Senatore said. "You have a scenario where the overall pie is shrinking, and companies are competing aggressively to take their piece of it."
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McDonald's is the world's leading global foodservice retailer with more than 34,000 locations serving more than 69 million customers in 119 countries each day. The company offers investors an annual dividend of $3.09 per share for a yield of roughly 3.64 percent. McDonald's U.S. posted a comparable sales increase of 1.2 percent for the third quarter amid broad competitive activity.
Yum! Brands is the world's largest restaurant company in terms of system restaurants with over 38,000 restaurants in more than 120 countries and territories. Yum! is ranked #213 on the Fortune 500 List with revenues of more than $12 billion in 2011. Shares of the company are up over 20 percent year-to-date.
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