The world's largest hamburger chain, whose shares rose nearly 1 percent in premarket trading, said sales at restaurants open at least 13 months rose 5.5 percent globally. Analysts were looking for rise of 4.1 percent, according to Consensus Metrix.
Same-restaurant sales rose 5.2 percent in the United States, beating analysts' expectations for an increase of 3.7 percent and helped by the Monopoly game promotion. In Europe -- McDonald's largest market -- the company reported a 4.8 percent increase, better than the analysts' call for a 3.4 percent rise.
Sales in Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa rose 6.1 percent, beating the analysts' call for a 4.3 percent rise.
(Reporting by Brad Dorfman; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)