McDonald’s to hire 5,000 after record sales

| January 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

Fast food giant McDonald’s is to create 5,000 new jobs in the UK after announcing an 11% rise in sales for the 2009 year.

The group said the new jobs will bring its UK headcount to 85,000 as it plans to open 15 new branches this year.

Parent company McDonald’s Corporation said global sales grew by 3.8% last year. The US saw sales increase by 2.6%, while European sales rose by 5.2%. Sales in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa rose by 3.4%.

The company said that it served 60 million customers a day last year - up two million a day on 2008.

In a bid to attract customers during the recession, the world’s largest hamburger chain said sales in the US benefited from the national debut of the breakfast Dollar Menu.

Steve Easterbrook, CEO of McDonald’s UK, said: “We have out-performed the market and have now have achieved two years of double digit growth.”

Mr Easterbrook added that last year’s performance exceeded his expectations.

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