A Round of Applause for Starbucks

How can it all come together so spectacularly in one quarter? That's what I found myself asking when I listened to the Starbucks (SBUX) quarter -- same-store sales were up 8% globally, and the Americas delivered astounding comps of 9%. Who can be that good? This isn't some 800-store chain. This is an established chain with 19,000 locations that is actually accelerating its revenue and increasing its gross margin.

That's phenomenal. It is a monument to execution. It's a tribute to the amazing work that CEO Howard Schultz and his team have delivered -- work that has gone beyond our wildest imaginations. The changes at Starbucks were certainly not expected to generate continual 9% growth. In fact, they called that highly unrealistic....383 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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