Starbucks announces weaker-than-expected sales forecast, plans to close over 100 stores

Starbucks announces weaker-than-expected sales forecast, plans to close over 100 stores

[Ed. – Maybe those sensitivity training sessions weren’t such a good idea.]

Starbucks shares fell by as much as 7% on Wednesday after the company announced a third-quarter sales forecast that was weaker than analysts had expected.

The coffee chain announced Tuesday that global same-store sales, at locations open for at least one year, were projected to rise 1%. This was weaker than the forecast for 2.9% growth according to Bloomberg.

Starbucks also announced a number of strategic changes. Notably, as from 2019, it plans to shift its focus for new stores in the US away from areas where it already has a strong presence and to underserved markets. The company plans to close about 150 underperforming locations in 2019, up from its average pace of up to 50 closures every year, it said.

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“We must move faster to address the more rapidly changing preferences and needs of our customers,” Kevin Johnson, Starbucks’ CEO, said in a statement.

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