The company said it sees earnings excluding items of 24 cents to 34 cents a share for its fiscal year ending in May with same-restaurant sales projected between flat and up 2%.

Analysts are calling for earnings of 28 cents a share.


Safeway ( SWY) is expected by analysts Thursday to post a third quarter profit of 42 cents a share in the September-ended period on revenue of $10.24 billion.


Other companies slated to report on Thursday include Emmis Communications ( EMMS), J.B. Hunt Transport Services ( JBHT), Fastenal ( FAST), Sycamore Networks ( SCMR), Winnebago Industries ( WGO) and Zep ( ZEP).


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