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Starbucks announces third quarter financial results

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Coffee giant Starbucks reported financial results for its 13-week fiscal third quarter ended in June.

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Global comparable store sales declined 40%, driven by a 51% decrease in comparable transactions, partially offset by a 23% increase in average ticket.

Americas comparable store sales declined 41%, driven by a 53% decrease in comparable transactions, partially offset by a 27% increase in average ticket; U.S. comparable store sales were down 40%, with comparable transactions down 52%, partially offset by a 25% increase in average ticket.

International comparable store sales were down 37%, driven by a 44% decline in comparable transactions, slightly offset by a 13% increase in average ticket; China comparable store sales were down 19%, with comparable transactions down 27%, slightly offset by a 10% increase in average ticket; International and China comparable store sales are inclusive of a benefit from value-added tax exemptions of approximately 2% and 4%, respectively.

The company opened 130 net new stores in Q3, yielding 5% year-over-year unit growth, ending the period with 32,180 stores globally, of which 51% and 49% were company-operated and licensed, respectively. Stores in the U.S. and China comprised 61% of the company’s global portfolio at the end of Q3, with 15,243 and 4,447 stores, respectively.

Consolidated net revenues of $4.2 billion declined 38% from the prior year primarily due to lost sales related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Lost sales of approximately $3.1 billion relative to the company’s expectations before the outbreak included the effects of temporary store closures, modified operations, reduced hours and reduced customer traffic.

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“We are pleased to share that the vast majority of Starbucks stores around the world have reopened and our global business is steadily recovering, demonstrating the relevance of the Starbucks brand and the trust we have built with our customers. As we continue to drive the recovery, we are also building resilience for the future by accelerating the transformation of our business in ways that will elevate the customer and partner experience and drive long-term growth. We firmly believe that we are well positioned to regain the positive business momentum we had before the pandemic began and look forward to reigniting our ‘Growth at Scale’ agenda,” said Kevin Johnson, President and CEO of Starbucks.

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