McDonald’s, a Dow stock & Dividend Aristocrat, Apr sales topped projections after declines in the US slowed, giving CEO Steve Easterbrook some momentum to work with as he implements his turnaround plan.  Global same-store sales fell 0.6%, better than the estimate for a 1.8% drop.  Sales at US stores open at least 13 months fell 2.3%, matching projections & improving from a 3.9% slide in Mar.  Easterbrook, who took took over in Mar, unveiled a plan this week to boost sales & profitability.  The changes include a leadership shuffle, cost cuts & a push to sell more company-owned locations to franchisees.  Same-store sales gained 1% in Europe & fell 3.8% in the company’s Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa region.  Analysts estimated a 0.2% increase for Europe & a 5.8% drop for APMEA.  The company had already announced significant changes even before Easterbrook rolled out his transformation plan.  In Mar, it said US restaurants would stop serving chicken raised with some antibiotics in the next 2 years.  Last month, MCD said it would raise hourly pay to at least $1 above the local minimum wage for workers at the 10% of restaurants in the US owned by the company.  MCD cut 7 sandwiches from its menu in Q1 to speed up service & simplify order for customers. The stock rose 1.45.  If you would like to learn more about MCD, click on this link: