Starbucks sees China comparable sales falling in current quarter

Starbucks sees China comparable sales falling in current quarter

People sit in a Starbucks cafe in a mall in Beijing
People sit in a Starbucks cafe in a mall in Beijing, China. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo

REUTERS: Starbucks Corp said on Tuesday (Apr 28) it expects comparable sales in China in the current quarter to decline between 25 per cent and 35 per cent, hurt by the coronavirus pandemic that has forced it to close stores and limit operations.

The company's shares fell about 2 per cent in extended trading.

Restaurant chains across the United States have felt the impact of lockdowns spurred by the new coronavirus.

In China, Starbucks' biggest growth market, stores were closed for most of the second quarter while restaurants in the United States moved to a pick-up and delivery-only model in March to stop people from gathering.

Starbucks said it expects sales in China to recover with comparable store sales roughly flat at the end of the fiscal year. The company sees fourth-quarter comparable sales falling up to 10 per cent.

The company did not forecast sales for its US business, citing the onset of the coronavirus late in the quarter, but said it expects the financial impact to be significantly greater in the third quarter and to extend to the fourth quarter.

The Seattle-based coffee chain reported a 10 per cent fall in global comparable store sales for the second quarter ended Mar 29. Analysts had forecast a 9.71 per cent decline, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

Excluding one-time items, the company earned 32 cents per share, in line with Wall Street expectations.

Source: Reuters

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