McDonald’s reported July same store sales up 4.9% across its global estate, backed by a new line of premium chicken sandwiches in the US. The rise was above analysts’ expectations, which had put the increase at between 2% and 3%. In Europe, the group’s second largest market, same-store sales were up 5.3%, although remained negative in the UK. McDonald's said sales were particularly strong in France and Germany thanks to demand for premium sandwiches, including the Big Tasty hamburger, and lower-priced offerings such as Les Petit Plaisir chicken sandwiches in France. McDonald's same-store sales in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Africa regions were up 4.1%.