Carrols feasts on higher sales and lower costs

Carrols feasts on higher sales and lower costs

Falling beef prices help Burger King franchisee to a more profitable fourth quarter

Lower beef costs helped Burger King franchisee Carrols Restaurant Group Inc. realize a more profitable fourth quarter, the company said Thursday.

The Syracuse, N.Y.-based operator of more than 700 Burger King restaurants said that its same-store sales increased 5.1 percent in the quarter ended Jan. 3. The company’s sales, meanwhile, increased 18.7 percent in the quarter, to $229.1 million, from $192.9 million the previous year.

At the same time, its beef costs — a prim

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