Bengaluru — McDonald’s topped global same-restaurant sales estimates for the second quarter on Thursday, with strength in international markets helping offset weakness in the US. Shares of the Dow component slipped 0.2% in pre-market trading at $158.50 after it missed estimates for sales at its established US restaurants. Restaurant chains in the US have been fighting for a bigger share of a slow-growing restaurant marketplace by offering dollar menus, discounts on beverages, and limited-time menu items, as well as freshly prepared meals to diners. McDonald’s quarterly sales at its US restaurants open for at least 13 months rose 2.6%, missing the average analyst estimate of 2.96% rise. In contrast to its slowing US business, same-store sales for the company’s international lead markets — comprising Australia, Canada, France, Germany and the UK — rose 4.9%, trouncing analysts’ expectation of a 3.94% gain. This helped McDonald’s worldwide sales at stores open at least 13 months to ris...

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