CPK maintains 3rd-Q profit target despite challenging comps

LOS ANGELES California Pizza Kitchen Inc. maintained on Tuesday its profit expectations for the third quarter because of cost controls and a 7.4-percent revenue increase that would help alleviate a larger-than-expected drop in same-store sales.

For the quarter ended Sept. 28, same-store sales were down 2.4 percent. Earlier this year, CPK had projected that same-store sales would drop 2 percent for the third quarter. Officials said that despite the shortfall, the

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