Burger King 2Q profit rises, focuses on overseas

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Associated Press

Posted on August 1, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 1 at 6:01 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Burger King Worldwide Inc.'s net income surged 60 percent in the second quarter, as the fast food chain reworked its menu and focused on expanding overseas.

The Miami-based company, which began trading publicly again in June, earned $48.2 million, or 14 cents per share. That's compared with $30.2 million in the year-ago period, when the company was privately held.

Removing stock-based compensation expense and other items, earnings were 17 cents per share.

For the period ended June 30, revenue dropped 9 percent to $540.8 million from $595.4 million.

But Burger King said Wednesday that revenue at locations open at least a year — a key gauge of a retailer's health— climbed 4.4 percent.

The company has more than 12,600 restaurants worldwide, compared with 33,000 for McDonald's Corp.

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