Burger King 1Q earnings soar

A car stops at the drive-thru at a A car stops at the drive-thru at a Burger King restaurant near downtown Los Angeles on Thursday. Burger King earned $35.8 million, or 10 cents per share, in the quarter that ended March 31. (April 25, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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Burger King says its first-quarter earnings more than doubled even though revenue fell, as the fast-food chain trimmed several restaurant-related expenses.

The Miami-based company had warned earlier this month that sales at established restaurants were expected to fall during the quarter, and they wound up declining 1.4 percent. That includes a 3 percent drop in the United States and Canada.

Burger King earned $35.8 million, or 10 cents per share, in the quarter that ended March 31. That's up from $14.3 million, or 4 cents per share, the previous year.

The company previously said adjusted earnings totaled 17 cents per share.

Revenue fell about 42 percent to $327.7 million. Analysts expected $305.8 million.

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