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Heard during Starbucks' earnings call

  • 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
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