Starbucks Reports Holiday Growth

Retailer after retailer has announced in recent weeks that they saw tepid or downright disappointing sales during the crucial holiday season. And then came Starbucks, dropping a blockbuster earnings report on Thursday that stands out as a clear bright spot in retail. The coffee giant reported that revenue soared 12 percent to a record $5.4 billion. Sales at its U.S. restaurants open more than a year were up 9 percent, and nearly half...

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Krispy Kreme Pushes Into Starbucks’ Turf With Focus on Coffee

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc., facing slower sales growth and more demanding customers, is pushing deeper into Starbucks Corp.’s territory. The company is doing more to promote its coffee, which for years was an afterthought at the doughnut chain. At a test location in Clemmons, N.C., workers are grinding beans and using a manual espresso machine to make lattes and cappuccinos. They’re even referring to themselves as baristas, and...

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