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Papa John’s 4Q sales grow despite competition

Chain says quality positioning helps it outlast price wars

Domestic same-store sales at Papa John’s International Inc. increased 1.9 percent in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 27, the company said this week, the weakest performance of the year for the Louisville, Ky.-based pizza chain.

Yet that was still growth, and came amid a growing price war in the pizza sector, as lower cheese prices give companies more room to offer discounts. The higher sales for the month appeared to assuage investors’ worries about the chain, and the stock skyroc

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