updated 5/10/2010 9:52:37 AM ET 2010-05-10T13:52:37

INCREASED BUSINESS: McDonald's says sales in locations open at least a year rose 4.9 percent in April. In the U.S., the figure climbed 3.8 percent.

WHY IT MATTERS: The measurement is a key indicator of a restaurant chain's performance because it excludes growth at sites that open or close during the year.

WHAT THEY BOUGHT: Executives at the fast-food chain said customers spent more on drinks during the month, including the company's Frappes. Meanwhile, Chicken McNuggets and the company's dollar breakfast menu also were hits.

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