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McDonald's (MCD) Halts Reopening of Dining Rooms for 21 Days

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McDonald's Corporation MCD recently halted the reopening of additional dining rooms in the United States by 21 days on account of rising number of coronavirus cases. Over the last two weeks, the country has witnessed an increase of 65% in coronavirus cases. Following the news, the company’s shares declined nearly 1% in after-hour trading session. Year to date, the company’s shares have gained 6.5%, against the industry’s decline of 9%.

The company started reopening dine-in service in May. McDonald's has already reopened dining rooms in 2,200 restaurants out of 14,000 restaurants in the country. However, the restaurants continue to operate via off-premise.

Restaurants with reopened dining rooms are likely to consult local and state officials on whether to cease the dining rooms services again.

Coming to international markets, most of the restaurants in France, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, Australia and Germany have resumed operations. Notably, the restaurants are operating with drive-thru and delivery services, and dining room access with limited capacity.

Comparable Sales Hurt by Pandemic

In the month of April, comparable sales in the U.S. and International Operated Markets were down 19.2% and 66.7%, respectively. However, for the month ended May 31, the metric fell only 5.1% and 40.5% at the U.S. and International Operated Markets, respectively.

Total comparable sales improved from a decline of 39% (for the month ended Apr 30) to a decrease of 20.9% (for the month ended May 31). Quarter to date ended May 31, total comparable sales declined 29.8%.

In a bid to recover business post coronavirus-induced shutdowns, McDonald's continues to follow regulatory guidelines amid store re-openings to ensure health and safety of customers and employees.

McDonald's currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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