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The Associated Press June 8, 2012, 08:13AM ET

McDonald's sales rose 3.3 percent in May

McDonald's Corp. says strength in the U.S. and Europe drove up a key revenue figure in May, helping offset weakness in Japan and China.

The world's biggest hamburger chain says global sales at stores open at least 13 months rose 3.3 percent for the month. The figure is a key metric because it excludes the impact of newly opened or closed stores.

The increase was driven by a 4.4 percent jump in the United States, where demand for the new blueberry banana walnut oatmeal and Cherry Berry Chiller boosted sales.

In Europe, the figure rose 2.9 percent driven by gains in the United Kingdom, Russia and France.

But the Oak Brook, Ill., company says the figure fell 1.7 percent in the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa region.

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