Oak Brook, Ill. • McDonald's Corp. said its profit slipped in the second quarter as sales in the U.S. continued to flag.
The world's biggest hamburger chain has been struggling to boost sales in its flagship market amid intensifying competition, changing eating habits and the persistent financial struggles of its lower-income customers.
In the U.S., sales at established locations fell 1.4 percent for the period fewer customers came into its restaurants. The company, based in Oak Brook, Ill., hasn't managed to raise the figure since October.
Executives say they're working to improve basics such as operational speed and service, but that they don't expect performance to change significantly in the near term.