McDonald’s, the fast-food giant, has reported a 4% rise in sales across its European stores in January, down on the 7.3% increase experienced in December and on the 7% rise seen in the same period in 2011. The group said that its sales growth in Europe had been driven by good performances in the UK, Russia, Germany and France, which were underpinned by the popularity of its core menu options, refurbishments and value offer. The company reported global comparable sales growth of 6.7% in the month, with trading up 7.8% in the US and up 7.3% in Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa. McDonald’s chief executive Jim Skinner said: “January marks another month of sustained sales growth, demonstrating the ongoing appeal of McDonald's winning combination of value, menu variety and convenience. “Our focus on enhancing the McDonald's experience through great-tasting, affordable food and beverage choices served in increasingly modernized restaurants is helping make McDonald's our customers' favourite place and way to eat and drink."