UPDATE 1-McDonald's Oct same-restaurant sales miss as Japan drags


(Corrects paragraph 4 to fix source of analyst estimate toThomson Reuters from Consensus Metrix. The error also appearedin an earlier version of the story)

* Global same-restaurant sales growth 0.5 pct in Oct vs est.0.6 pct

* U.S same-restaurant sales growth 0.2 pct vs est. 0.7 pct

Nov 8 (Reuters) - McDonald's Corp reportedlower-than-expected comparable-restaurant sales for October assales fell in Japan and remained weak in the United States.

The world's largest hamburger chain warned a few weeks agothat global sales at established restaurants would be relativelyflat in October, and signaled that weakness would continue inthe fourth quarter amid stiff competition and a halting economicrecovery.

Analysts have also raised concerns the company is sufferingfrom execution issues rather than external factors as itsresults over the past year show it has been slower in adaptingto changing consumer demands compared to Wendy's Co andBurger King Worldwide Inc.

McDonald's global sales at restaurants open for more than ayear rose 0.5 percent in October, but the growth was below theaverage analyst estimate of 0.6 percent, according to nineanalysts polled by Thomson Reuters.

Comparable-restaurant sales grew 0.2 percent in the UnitedStates, falling short of the 0.7 percent expected by analysts.

In Europe, sales rose 0.8 percent as more customers ate atits restaurants in the UK, France and Russia.

McDonald's said sales in Asia Pacific region, the MiddleEast and Africa fell 2.8 percent, mainly due to negative resultsin Japan. The company did not elaborate on its Japanperformance.

McDonald's has been reporting weak sales in Japan for thepast six months.

The Oakbrook, Illinois-based company's shares fell 0.3percent to $97.14 at the opening on the New York Stock Exchange. (Reporting by Siddharth Cavale in Bangalore; Editing by KirtiPandey)

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