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Financing

Krispy Kreme raises its earnings guidance, but investors balk anyway

The doughnut chain’s stock plunged 7% even after the company said earnings and profits would be better than expected.

Financing

Olive Garden hints at end of Never-Ending Pasta Bowl

Executives said the popular promotion had negative impacts—and it did just fine without it this year.

The food-and-games chain said it saw same-store sales dip in Q3 in markets that required patrons to be vaccinated and that its special events business remains far from 2019 levels.

The chain expects its virtual brands and ghost kitchens to generate incremental sales, though it’s still too early to tell just how well they’ll do.

The burger chain estimates that closing hours and problems getting products hurt same-store sales by 4% last quarter.

The chain’s same-store sales are back to status quo thanks to better staffing. But the underlying business looks a bit different.

With sales hurt from a lack of workers, the burger chain is turning to a variety of strategies to keep workers, including automated shake machines and mobile applications.

The Bottom Line: The salad chain’s market debut was one of the year’s best in the industry. But skepticism about its long-term prospects remains.

The fast-casual chain’s margins dropped more than four percentage points over last year due to higher labor and commodity costs. But the company said its new restaurants are far exceeding expectations.

The conveyor belt sushi chain said its same-store sales are up 22% over 2019 so far this quarter. Its stock rose more than 25% on Friday.

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