Starbucks Corp missed market estimates for quarterly same-store sales on Thursday, as a COVID-19 resurgence in China closed stores in several major cities and overshadowed a strong performance by its U.S. business.
Fresh lockdowns to curb the spread of the Delta variant in Starbucks’ largest growth market of China have also hit businesses of several other restaurant chain operators, including Yum China Holdings Inc. The coffee chain posted a 7% decline in China comparable sales in the fourth quarter, missing its forecast of roughly flat growth and offsetting a 22% jump in the United States.
But analysts say the pressure in China should be temporary as restrictions ease and Seattle-based Starbucks opens more stores in the world’s second-largest economy to boost growth.
Global comparable sales rose 17%, compared with analysts’ average estimate of 18.5% growth, according to Refinitiv IBES data.
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