McDonald's reported quarterly earnings and revenue that beat analysts' expectations on Wednesday, but warned that it sees sales lower early in the first quarter.
After the earnings announcement, the company's shares edged lower in pre-market trading. (Click here to see how McDonald's stock is trading before the opening bell following the earnings release.)
The company posted fourth-quarter earnings excluding items of $1.4 billion, or $1.38 per share, up from $1.38 billion, or $1.33 a share, in the year-earlier period.
Revenue increased to $6.95 billion from $6.82 billion a year ago.
Analysts had expected the company to report earnings excluding items of $1.33 a share on $6.89 billion in revenue, according to a consensus estimate from Thomson Reuters.
In the U.S., same-store sales were up 0.3 percent in the quarter, after the company announced plans to have more stores open Christmas Day, and introduce a limited-time offering of its popular McRib sandwich during the month.