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Fast Food Stocks Deliver Mixed Bag

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- A roster of restaurant stocks, including Tim Hortons (THI), Brinker International (EAT) and Wendy's Arby's Group (WEN) posted quarterly results Thursday, dishing up a mixed plate of results.

Coffee-and-donut chain Tim Hortons posted better-than-expected earnings, thanks to strong same-store sales growth in its Canadian stores. Chili's operator Brinker International (EAT) missed top- and bottom-line expectations but forecast 2011 earnings in line with analysts' consensus call. Wendy's Arby's missed expectations and lowered its 2010 outlook.

Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons attributed its 21% jump in second-quarter earnings to stronger same-store sales, or sales at stores open at least one year, in its Canadian locations. System-wide comps grew 9.2%. The figure included a 6.4% jump in Canada, compared with an increase of 1.7% in the year-earlier quarter. Same-store sales at its U.S. locations grew 3.1%, down from a 3.3% rise in the second quarter of 2009.

Fast food behemoth McDonald's (MCD), which competes with Tim Hortons for market share in the coffee-drinks space and with Wendy's Arby's in the fast food sector, said earlier this week its comps surged 7% in July, fueled in large part by its beverage business. It was the burger-and-fries chain's biggest monthly increase by that measure since April of 2009.

The Golden Arches said it grew overall global comps by 4.8% in its recent quarter, helped by its dollar menu and an expanded list of coffee drinks, but the figure came up short of expectations and McDonald's stock fell more than 2%, closing below $70 per share the day it released the quarterly results. McDonald's posted double-digit profit gains for the period.

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