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Starbucks to accelerate growth in 2013

Company reported healthy increases in sales and traffic during its fourth quarter

Starbucks Corp. officials announced plans to accelerate growth in 2013 after reporting healthy increases in traffic around the globe — except in Europe — during its fourth quarter.

In a call with analysts Thursday following the release of the company's fourth-quarter and year-end results, Starbucks' chair and chief executive Howard Schultz said the company would accelerate goals for new openings next year with 1,300 new locations planned, including abou

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