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McDonald’s sales drop for first time since 2003

NEW YORK — McDonald’s Corp. is having a tough time stomaching the competition.

The world’s biggest hamburger chain said a key sales figure fell for the first time in nearly a decade in October, amid a challenging economy abroad and intensifying competition at home. Global revenue at restaurants open at least 13 months fell 1.8 percent. The last time it dropped was in March 2003.

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