Starbucks revenue and customers growing

Cup of Starbucks coffee Starbucks said higher numbers of customers were using its stores

Related Stories

US giant Starbucks, the world's biggest coffee chain, says an increase in customers boosted revenue in the fourth quarter by 6%.

The company said net income at its shops open for at least a year was $359m (£222.6m, £277.5m euros) in the three months to September.

Starbucks said this meant it was likely to make higher than expected profits in the year to come.

Its shares were 6% higher in after-hours trading.

Overall revenue rose 11% to a record $3.36bn.

Starbucks said the recent closure of 1,000 outlets in the US during Hurricane Sandy would have little impact in context of the current quarter.

The company has come under fire in Europe for its tax policies, where it uses legal schemes to keep payments to government tax departments at a low level.

Last month, the Reuters news agency reported that Starbucks had paid just £8.6m in UK income tax on £3.1bn of sales since 1998 by reporting consistent losses.

Meanwhile, it was telling investors the UK was a profitable market.

A new report by Reuters on Thursday found the company's German and French units employed a similar tax strategy.

There is no evidence in any of these countries that Starbucks has broken the law.

Starbucks' chief executive, Howard Schultz defended its tax policy in an interview with CNBC news: "We feel 100% assured that we are well within the law, and we feel once we're able to tell our story, all of this will be rectified."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Business stories

RSS

Features

  • Spanner CrabEdible images

    Are these the best food photographs of the past year?


  • Beckford's TowerFolly or fact?

    The unlikely debt capital of Britain


  • European starlingBird-brained

    How 60 starlings multiplied into a nightmare flock of 200 million


  • Observatory in Chile with sun in the backgroundStar struck

    Why tourists are flocking to Chile's observatories


  • Two people using sign language Signing out

    The decline of regional dialects for the deaf


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.