McDonald’s says boycotts over Israel-Hamas war have hurt sales

McDonald’s has reported weaker than expected same-store sales in its fourth quarter, as the fast-food chain became the latest company to warn that boycotts related to the war in Gaza have hurt its business.

The company said that global same-store sales increased 3.4 per cent in the three months to the end of December, short of analyst expectations for an increase of about 4.9 per cent.