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McDonald's Japan logs 8% uptick in sales for December

JIJI

McDonald’s Holdings Co. (Japan) said Friday its same-store sales in December rose 8.0 percent from a year earlier, up for the 25th straight month.

The growth was led mainly by brisk sales of the Gracoro burger, which is only available in winter. In addition, special sauces for chicken nuggets offered for a limited time proved popular, the Japanese arm of U.S. hamburger giant McDonald’s Corp. said.

The number of customers grew 3.7 percent, up for the 24th consecutive month, and sales per customer rose 4.2 percent, climbing for the fifth consecutive month.

For all of 2017, same-store sales rose 12.2 percent, up for the second consecutive year, with the pace of growth slowing from 20.0 percent the previous year. Customers grew 8.9 percent for the year and per capita sales grew 3.0 percent.