BUSINESS Higher menu prices help Chipotle key sales figure

BUSINESS

Higher menu prices help Chipotle key sales figure

AP

08:57, February 07, 2018

This Tuesday Dec. 15, 2015, file photo, shows a Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant in Seattle. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. reports quarterly financial results, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. Photo: AP/Stephen Brashear

In this Tuesday Dec. 15, 2015, file photo, a Chipotle Mexican Grill employee prepares food in Seattle. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. reports quarterly financial results, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. Photo: AP/Stephen Brashear

Chipotle, which has been struggling to turn its business around after a series of food safety scares, said a key sales figure rose in the fourth quarter as it raised menu prices.

The burrito chain said Tuesday that sales rose 0.9 percent at established restaurants during the fourth quarter. That's above the 0.8 percent rise analysts expected, according to FactSet.

Chipotle reported net income of $43.8 million, or $1.55 per share. Adjusted earnings came to $1.34 per share, which beat Wall Street expectations of $1.32 per share, according to Zacks Investment Research.

It reported earnings per share of $1.56, which also beat expectations, according to FactSet.

The Denver-based company's revenue of $1.11 billion fell short of Street forecasts. Analysts expected $1.12 billion.

Shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. rose nearly 1 percent in after-hours trading Tuesday.

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