TOKYO McDonald's Holdings Co. (Japan), a 50-percent-owned arm of McDonald's Corp. and the burger chain’s largest national system outside the United States, reported that its daily sales hit an all-time high last Saturday. Despite struggling with a weak Japanese economy in recent years, the 35-year-old McDonald's Japan reportedly posted sales of 2.153 billion yen on Dec. 23, the equivalent of nearly $18.1 million, breaking the previous record of 2.151 billion yen set last June 18.
A published reported quoted McDonald’s Japan as crediting its made-toorder cooking system, a new menu and extended business hours.
For the full fiscal year ending this month, McDonald’s Japan expects its sales to total the equivalent of $2.96 billion to $2.99 billion. McDonald’s has nearly 3,800 restaurants in Japan, about 2,700 of which are operated by the Tokyo-based franchisor, which went public last year, with the Oak Brook, Ill.-based brand owner retaining half the equity.
According to data posted at the Japanese company’s website, the chain there serves nearly 1.2 billion customers a year, with pertransaction sales holding relatively steady at about 600 yen, or just over $5.