Competition eats into Papa John’s sales

Competition eats into Papa John’s sales

But company says traffic increased late in first quarter

Intensified competition in the pizza business ate into sales at Papa John’s International Inc. in the first quarter, the company said this week, but a couple of key promotions brought back traffic late in the period.

Domestic same-store sales were largely flat in the quarter ended March 27, up just 0.1 percent.

“Domestic [same-store sales] were a little lighter than usual,” CEO John Schnatter said on the company’s earnings call Wednesday. “We

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