Analysts hail Chipotle following strong 4Q

Analysts hail Chipotle following strong 4Q

Company attributes 9.3% same-store sales jump to customer service, marketing

Wall Street analysts on Friday hailed Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. as the nation’s top restaurant company, after the parent to nearly 1,600 fast-casual restaurants posted stellar fourth-quarter results.

While many other restaurant operators commiserated about soft sales in late 2013, especially because of harsh winter weather, Chipotle recorded a 9.3-percent increase in same-store sales during the quarter, its highest since the first quarter of 2012, when

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