McDonald's on Thursday said it plans to spend $2.9 billion to $3 billion next year to open 1,500 to 1,600 new restaurants and remodel about 1,000 others—roughly in line with this year's reduced spending forecast.
The world's biggest hamburger chain, which recently has struggled to meaningfully expand sales at established restaurants after years of outpacing its rivals, trimmed its 2013 capital spending outlook last month by $100 million to $3 billion and delayed some new restaurant openings until next year due to softness in China and some other emerging markets.
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The company also offered 2014 forecasts for commodity costs and other expenses.
It expects overall commodity costs for 2014 to increase 1 percent to 2 percent in the United States and 1.5 percent to 2.5 percent in Europe.
It also expects general and administrative costs to increase about $200 million, due to such factors as higher employee expenses and costs associated with its owner/operator convention and Winter Olympics sponsorship.
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McDonald's also repeated its prior forecast for 2014 overall same-restaurant sales growth of 3 percent to 5 percent, operating income growth of 6 percent to 7 percent, and return on incremental invested capital in the high teen percentages.
This article has been updated to correctly reflect that McDonald's plans to spend up to $3 billion next year to open as many as 1,600 new restaurants and remodel 1,000 others.