McDonald’s (MCD.NYSE), the world’s largest restaurant chain, announced that sales at stores open at least 13 months rose 7.4% globally in November driven by big gains in Japan, China and Europe, Reuters reported. Analysts had forecasted an average increase of 4.6% for the period, according to Thomson Reuters data. Sales in the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa advanced 8.1%, beating analysts’ projection of a 4.9% gain. The hamburger chain singled out both China and Japan as outstanding market, though it also said sales in Europe and the US both surged by 6.5% last month, beating analyst forecasts. The UK, France, Germany and Russia were standout European markets, according to the statement. “The combination of product and investing in the store seems to be what is driving the top line outperformance,” said Matthew DiFrisco, analyst from Lazard Capital Markets.