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Panera 4Q same-store sales rise 2.3%

Bakery-café chain’s same-store sales continue to accelerate in first quarter

Panera Bread Co.’s same-store sales increased 2.3 percent in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 29, but profit dipped 11 percent on special charges, the company reported Tuesday.

The St. Louis-based bakery-café operator posted net income of $43.2 million, or $1.74 per share, falling from $48.5 million, or $1.82 a share, in the same period last year. Revenue increased 3 percent, to $691.8 million, from the prior year. The company took one-time items for refranchising losses in the 201

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