McDonald's Corp reported quarterly profit on Wednesday that beat analysts' forecasts as its U.S. business picked up in March.

The world's largest fast-food chain also said global sales at established restaurants rose 4.2 percent for the quarter.

Sales at U.S. restaurants open at least 13 months rose 4.2 percent in March, while same-store sales in Europe rose 5.9 percent and the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa region reported a rise of 2.8 percent.

First-quarter profit was $1.09 billion, or $1.00 per share, up from $979.5 million, or 87 cents a share, a year earlier.

Excluding items, McDonald's earned $1.03 a share. On that basis, analysts' average forecast had called for a profit of 96 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Revenue, which includes sales from company-owned restaurants plus royalties from franchisees and other fees, rose 10.5 percent to $5.61 billion.

Shares of McDonald's were up 6 cents in premarket trading from a closing price of $70.34 Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange.

(Reporting by Phil Wahba in New York, with additional reporting by Lisa Baertlein in Los Angeles, editing by Gerald E. McCormick)