Starbucks' Slowing Growth: Time to Panic?

Why investors shouldn't worry about the coffee giant's latest sales growth figures.

Jan 30, 2014 at 3:10PM

Starbucks' (NASDAQ:SBUX) latest sales growth figures didn't pack the same punch that investors have been used to seeing lately: Comparable-store sales improved by just 5%, the worst result in over a year.

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Source: Starbucks financial filings.

Still, that's no reason to worry about the beverage giant, according to Fool contributor Demitrios Kalogeropoulos. In the video below, Demitrios argues that there are two reasons that figure shouldn't scare investors. First, most retailers would love to have a 5% sales growth "problem" these days. Many global companies, including McDonald's (NYSE:MCD), had trouble booking any growth at all last quarter. And second, Starbucks' sales results didn't include any lift from extra sales of loyalty cards, which will benefit future quarters instead. 

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