April same-store sales rose 6.1 percent in the U.S., helped by new coffee drinks and chicken snack wraps.
Shares of the company , which is one of the restaurant industry's top performers due in large measure to its Dollar Menu, were up 2 percent at $54.60 in premarket electronic trading.
Fast-food restaurants have generally held up better in the recession than higher-priced sit-down restaurants.
But even fast-food sellers have not been immune to the impact of the downturn. The U.S. fast-food industry saw its first quarterly traffic decline since 2003 in the quarter ended in February, according to market research company NPD Group.
The stronger dollar, which lessens the dollar-value of sales made overseas, led to an overall 1 percent decline at worldwide McDonald's restaurants, the company said. Sales rose 8.9 percent in constant currencies.
Same-store sales rose 8.4 percent in Europe, helped by the shift of the Easter holiday to April from March, while same-store sales in the company's Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa segment rose 6.5 percent.