The powerhouse performance of McDonald’s shows no sign of slowing down – after the fast food operator said it had seen a 5.2% jump in comparable sales in Europe, led by its UK performance where it experienced its 16th consecutive quarter of growth. Sales in the UK were described as being in the high single digits after serving an additional 30 million customers during the first three months of 2010 The company saw global comparable sales in the period improve by 4.2%, with the US domestic market up by 1.2% and Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa also doing well with a 5.7% improvement. The company’s combined operating margin improved by 220 basis points to 29.8% in the first quarter and it said that it continued to outperform the market – particularly in the UK, France and Russia. April was also continuing in the same way, added the company. Jim Skinner, the fast food giant’s chief executive, said: "McDonald's compelling menu, unmatched convenience and unbeatable value generated another strong quarterly performance. "For the first quarter, we delivered comparable sales and guest count growth in each geographic segment along with global double-digit operating income growth. As we move forward, we will continue to pursue opportunities to extend our relevance, sustain our momentum and create ongoing excitement for our customers." Commenting on its performance in Europe the company said it had been aided by its four-tier pricing, restaurant refurbishment programme and the expansion of its “daypart offering” had fuelled its growth.