Panera cites bad weather for slight comp gains

RICHMOND HEIGHTS Mo. Panera Bread Co. reported slight same-store sales gains for the last month and final quarter of fiscal 2007, blaming severe winter weather in its core markets in the Midwest for the results that came in between 1 percent and 1.2 percent lower than anticipated.

For the four weeks ended Dec. 25, systemwide same-store sales increased 1.2 percent, and for the quarter, also ended Dec. 25, systemwide same-store sales increased 1.7 percent. For t

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