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Wendy's International

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Yum! Brands

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delivered disappointing sales results for October on Thursday, as bad weather and an industrywide price war depressed revenue.

Wendy's, the nation's third-largest hamburger chain, said same-store sales at its flagship restaurants climbed 2.6%, which was weaker than anticipated. The company also pared its earnings outlook for fiscal 2002, citing weak October sales, a slumping Canadian exchange rate, and interest owed on $225 million in senior notes issued earlier in the year to acquire Mexican food chain

Baja Fresh


"Despite these issues, our brands remain healthy," said Chief Financial Officer Kerrii Anderson.

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The company, which also operates the

Tim Horton's

chain, said it expects to post a full-year net profit of $1.90 a share to $1.91 a share, or 15% to 16% growth, down from its previous forecast for 15% to 18% growth. Analysts were targeting 2002 earnings at $1.93 a share.

"Our 2002 performance, in terms of sales and earnings growth, continues to be superior to the restaurant industry and most consumer companies," the company said in a press release. "We are pleased with our strong performance, especially considering unprecedented discounting in the quick-service restaurant industry."

Meanwhile, Yum said same-store sales fell 1% last month due to a 7% decline at its

Kentucky Fried Chicken

chain. The company said comparable store sales at its

Pizza Hut


Taco Bell

restaurants rose 5% and 1%, respectively. International sales increased 6%. The company will report earnings Dec. 5, and analysts are expecting a profit of 56 cents a share, according to Thomson Financial/First Call.

Wendy's shares closed down $1.38, or 4.7%, at $28.11, while Yum tacked on 44 cents, or 2%, to finish at $22.80.