McDonald’s has reported a fall in profits for the first three months of the year after sales in its US restaurants fell by more than expected.
The fast-food chain said group like-for-like sales had risen 0.5% overall, but US sales had fallen 1.7% due partly to the severe winter weather.
Analysts had forecast a 1.4% drop in like-for-like US sales.
The sales drop meant net income fell to $1.2bn (£710m) from $1.27bn a year earlier.
In Europe, comparable sales rose 1.4% in the first quarter with a positive performance in the UK, France and Russia.
However, McDonald’s said sales in Germany, Japan and Australia were weaker.