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McDonald’s sales drop as Asian figures fall

NEW YORK — McDonald’s says a key sales figure dropped again in January as the world’s biggest hamburger chain faced ongoing weakness in Japan and sales in China were hurt by a food scare and the timing of a holiday.

The Oak Brook, Ill., company said global sales at restaurants open at least 13 months dropped 1.9 percent for the month. The figure is a key metric because it strips out the volatility of newly opened and closed locations.

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