McDonald’s UK has reported a rise in pre-tax profit from £157.2m to £176.5m for the year to the end of 2011. The group, which operates c1,200 sites in the UK, saw turnover increase to £1.24bn, up from £1.18bn the previous year. Operating profit climbed to £170.2m, up from £157.2m. Profit for the year climbed from £129.8m to £134.2m. Turnover from company-owned sites climbed from £976.8m to £1bn, while licensee sales increased from £207.6m to £242.4m. The group said that it had continued to deliver sound results in a difficult business climate. It said that the improvements in gross and operating profit was due to higher sales and margins within its company-owned restaurants and positive sales growth from franchisee restaurants. It said that its ongoing franchising strategy is also driving improved profitability, which is “in line with director’s expectations”.