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What: Shares of P.F. Chang's (Nasdaq: PFCB ) fell 13% in trading as investors threw their chopsticks down in disgust after the company released earnings.
So what: Revenue fell 1% to $311 million, but it was same-store sales falling 2.5% at P.F. Chang's restaurants and 2.7% at Pei Wei Diners that has investors concerned. Earnings per share fell to $0.40 from $0.55 a year ago, which is the same result analysts expected this quarter.
Now what: Same-store sales drive earnings, and even a small change can point to issues at a chain. This deterioration in sales has caused management to reduce earnings expectations from $2.15 to $2.20 per share down to $1.60 and $1.70 per share for the full year. I'm not seeing a big reason to buy today and would search for growing same store-sales like Chipotle (NYSE: CMG ) if you're looking for a restaurant stock.
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