Here’s 15 Reasons Why McDonald’s Impresses Investors

McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD) just released fourth quarter earnings, which show another three months of growth.

The company reported earnings per share of $1.16, in line with forecasts, and $6.2 billion in quarterly revenue.

Global comparable sales increased 5% in 2010 and consolidated revenue was up 6%. The restaurant giant is a rare company that grew during the recession and during the recovery.

Now 62 million people eat at McDonald’s every day, up from 58 million in 2008.

McDonald’s’ daily customer traffic (62M) is more than the population of Great Britain

McDonald's' daily customer traffic (62M) is more than the population of Great Britain

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Source: Yahoo Finance

McDonald’s sells more than 75 hamburgers every second

McDonald's sells more than 75 hamburgers every second

The Hamburglar

Source: McDonald’s Operations and Training Manual via Side Dish

McDonald’s’ $24 billion in revenue makes it the 90st-largest economy in the world

McDonald's' $24 billion in revenue makes it the 90st-largest economy in the world

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Source: Yahoo Finance

Counting $32 billion in revenue from franchise stores, McDonald’s claims the 68th biggest economy, bigger than Ecuador

Counting $32 billion in revenue from franchise stores, McDonald's claims the 68th biggest economy, bigger than Ecuador

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Source: 2009 Annual Report

McDonald’s hires around 1 million workers in the US every year

McDonald's hires around 1 million workers in the US every year

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This estimate from Fast Food Nation assumes a 700,000 domestic workforce with 150% turnover rate.

According to company estimates, one in every eight American workers has been employed by McDonald’s

According to company estimates, one in every eight American workers has been employed by McDonald's

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Source: McDonald’s own estimate in 1996 via Fast Food Nation

Sharon Stone worked at McDonald’s before she was famous. So did Shania Twain, Jay Leno, Rachel McAdams and Pink

Sharon Stone worked at McDonald's before she was famous. So did Shania Twain, Jay Leno, Rachel McAdams and Pink

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Source: NNDB

McDonald’s is the world’s largest distributor of toys, with one included in 20% of all sales

McDonald's is the world's largest distributor of toys, with one included in 20% of all sales

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Source: QSR via Motley Fool

McDonald’s’ iconic golden arches are recognized by more people than the cross

McDonald's' iconic golden arches are recognized by more people than the cross

McDonalds in Delhi

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A survey by Sponsorship Research International found that 88 percent could identify the arches and only 54 percent could name the Christian cross, according to Fast Food Nation.

The Queen of England owns a McDonald’s near Buckingham Palace as part of her vast real estate portfolio

The Queen of England owns a McDonald's near Buckingham Palace as part of her vast real estate portfolio

A McDonald’s restaurant owned by the Queen, seriously

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Source: DailyMail

For the next three years, McDonald’s is going to open one restaurant every day in China

For the next three years, McDonald's is going to open one restaurant every day in China

Source: Reuters via Paul Kedrosky

McDonald’s delivers — in 18 countries!

Source: Japan Times

The only place in the lower 48 that is more than 100 miles from a McDonald’s is a barren plain in South Dakota

The only place in the lower 48 that is more than 100 miles from a McDonald's is a barren plain in South Dakota

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Source: AggData via Side Dish

Americans alone consume one billion pounds of beef at McDonald’s in a year — five and a half million head of cattle

Americans alone consume one billion pounds of beef at McDonald's in a year -- five and a half million head of cattle

Source: John Hayes, McDonald’s senior director of U.S. food and packaging, via Side Dish

Sorry to gross you out but… McDonald’s chicken nuggets used to be made of this pink goop*

Sorry to gross you out but... McDonald's chicken nuggets used to be made of this pink goop*

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UPDATE: According to Snopes, McDonald’s stopped using mechanical separation for McNuggets in 2003.