Heard during Starbucks' earnings call

|About: Starbucks Corporation (SBUX)|By:, SA News Editor

Starbucks (SBUX) says its had "stunning" success in the Americas where its 8% comparable store sales growth was driven by a 5% increase in traffic and a 3% boost in average ticket.

CFO Troy Alstead deftly explains how an increase in food sales won't hurt margins due to the "extremely accretive" nature of adding the items to store.

Management indicates share repurchases should be on par with the pace that's been seen over the last few years.

Nothing specific, but Starbucks hints that K-Cup and Via innovation is on tap for 2014.

Earnings call transcript