McDonald’s, the world’s largest fast food chain, has announced its quarterly profits grew by nearly 3.5% to $9.8bn (£6.7bn) – up from $9.4bn. Analysts said that the results, including a fall in revenue from nearly $6bn to just over $5bn, were in line with expectations. The company had earlier warned that a stronger dollar would cut its revenue by $600m. The company said that sale at restaurants open at least 13 months increased by 4.3% globally. Those same-store sales also rose by 5.5% in Asia, Middle East & Africa, 3.2% in Europe and by 4.7% in the US. In Europe the company said it sales had been impacted by strong demand in Britain, France & Russia. However sales in China were weak, compared with Australia and Japan. In the US the company said it continued to benefit from people trading down and said it had seen a strong demand for chicken, breakfast items and drinks.