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Subway overtakes McDonald's as world's largest restaurant chain

08 March 2011 by
Subway overtakes McDonald's as world's largest restaurant chain

Sandwich chain Subway has overtaken McDonald's as the world's largest restaurant chain.

On 1 January, the US-based company had 33,749 sites around the world, compared with 32,737 for McDonald's.

Subway put its success down to its private ownership - the group, which was founded in 1965, is not listed on the stock exchange.

It recently made a major push into international markets with its franchise model, which focuses on small, low-cost outlets, and has restaurants in 95 countries.

In comparison, McDonald's has restaurants in 117 countries across the globe, with more than 75% of its outlets being franchises.

Subway plans 600 new UK stores by 2011 >>

McDonald's like-for-like sales up 4.9% in Europe >>

By Kerstin Kühn

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