McDonald’s, the fast-food giant, has reported a rise in second quarter profits, driven by a strong performance across its overseas operations, with sales in its European stores up 5.9%. The company saw net income increase 15% in the quarter to $1.4bn, with revenue up 16% to $6.9bn. The chain’s performance in Europe was almost matched by trading across its Asia/Pacific Africa and Middle East region, which reported a 5.2% rise in sales. The company also reported a stronger performance across its domestic market, with sales 4.5% Jim Skinner, chief executive, said: "McDonald's continued success reflects the fundamental strength of our business model and unprecedented alignment around our customer-focused strategies. As we begin the third quarter, our momentum continues with July global comparable sales expected to be between 4 and 5%."