The company's shares jumped in after-hours trading Wednesday, climbing recently to $58.38 after closing the regular session up more than 2% to $57.59.
The coffee retailer said after the bell Wednesday that revenue for the four-week period ended Nov. 28 rose 26% to $486 million from $387 million a year earlier.
"The early launch of Starbucks holiday promotion, highlighted by this year's Christmas Blend, along with the continued popularity of Pumpkin Spice Latte and growth in our music business, all contributed to Starbucks outstanding November sales results," said Howard Schultz, chairman. "I am very proud of our partners throughout the Company for launching Starbucks holiday season with such great success."
Starbucks' pumpkin spice latte drink had contributed to results a month earlier, when same-store sales growth returned to double digits in October.
"It is important to note, as we have said in the past, that comparable-store sales growth of the extraordinary level achieved in November is not sustainable," added Schultz. "We continue to believe that 20% net revenue growth and approximately 3% to 7% comparable-store sales growth is the right level for longer-term expectations."