More patrons are going out to eat now that lockdowns have lifted in several states, and restaurant chains are reaping the benefits. McDonald's (NYSE: MCD), the largest restaurant chain in the world, demonstrated this amply in the 2021 first quarter. McDonald's comps decreased as much as 24% year over year in the 2020 second quarter when dining rooms were closed, but that quickly improved to a 2% decrease in the third quarter, and a 1.5% decrease in the fourth quarter.
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