updated 2/9/2009 8:38:17 AM ET 2009-02-09T13:38:17

McDonald's Corp. said Monday its same-store sales rose 7.1 percent in January, as cash-strapped consumers lined up for the fast-food company's burgers and breakfast items.

Total sales in January rose 2.6 percent.

In the U.S., same-store sales, or sales at stores open for at least 13 months, rose 5.4 percent during the month.

Overseas, same-store sales rose 7.1 percent in Europe, the U.K., France and Russia, and rose 10.2 percent in the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Africa.

"McDonald's continues to appeal to customers as we offer high quality, affordable meal options and unparalleled convenience," Chief Executive Jim Skinner said in a statement.

Skinner said same-store sales in February will be hurt by 4 percentage points because results last year included one extra day due to leap year.

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