Panera bakery-cafe sales rise 3.1%

by Eric Schroeder
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ST. LOUIS — Panera Bread Co. said system-wide comparable bakery-cafe sales increased 3.1% for the four weeks ended April 24. For the year to date, system-wide sales are now up 0.7% compared with the same period a year ago.

Comparable bakery-cafe sales percentages exclude closed locations and are based on sales for bakery-cafes that have been in operation for at least 18 months, the company said.

Company-owned bakery-cafe sales increased 2.1% in the four-week period, and franchised bakery-cafe sales rose 3.6%.

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