Spotlight: Starbucks ends growth streak after 25 consecutive quarters

Starbucks, previously touting 25 straight quarters of same-store sales growth of 5 percent or more in the United States, has ended its streak due in large part to changes in its rewards program. The 4 percent increase, according to CEO Howard Schultz, was an "anomaly" related to the bad timing of the rewards program change, which had previously given perks for visits but now gives perks based on how much a customer spends. The change to the program was criticized by some customers, causing a small dip in traffic. Read more.

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