is the world's largest chain of hamburger fast foodrestaurants, serving nearly 47 million customers daily.
At one time it was the largestglobal restaurant chain, but it has since been surpassed by multi-brand operator Yum!(KFC, Taco Bell and others) and sandwich chain Subway.Each McDonald's restaurant is operated by a franchisee, an affiliate, or the corporationitself. The corporations' revenues come from the rent, royalties and fees paid by thefranchisees, as well as sales in company-operated restaurants. McDonald's revenuesgrew 27% over the three years ending in 2007 to $22.8 billion, and 9% growth inoperating income to $3.9 billion.
McDonald's restaurants are found in 119 countries and territories around the world andserve nearly 47 million customers each day. McDonald's operates over 31,000restaurants worldwide, employing more than 1.5 million people. The company alsooperates other restaurant brands, such as Piles Café.Most standalone McDonald's restaurants offer both counter service anddrive-throughservice, with indoor and sometimes outdoor seating. Drive-Thru, Auto-Mac, Pay andDrive, or McDrive as it is known in many countries, often has separate stations for placing, paying for, and picking up orders, though the latter two steps are frequentlycombined; it was first introduced in Arizona in 1975, following the lead of other fast-food chains. In some countries "McDrive" locations near highwaysoffer no counter service or seating. In contrast, locations in high-density city neighborhoods often omitdrive-throughservice. There are also a few locations, located mostly in downtowndistricts, that offer Walk-Thru service in place of Drive-Thru.To accommodate the current trend for high quality coffee and the popularity of coffeeshops in general, McDonald's introduced McCafé. The