SBUX

Starbucks Corporation

78.11
USD
3.87%
78.11
USD
3.87%
68.39 126.32
52 weeks
52 weeks

Mkt Cap 92.10B

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Luckin delivers short-term jolt to investors

(The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are their own.) HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) - Fast-growing coffee chain takes on Starbucks in China. No, it's not a mirage of 2019 when China’s Luckin Coffee was a New York investor darling, but it is the story from the fraud-hit java provider’s . Its 6,580 stores have overtaken its U.S. rival’s 5,654 while first-quarter same-store sales growth of 42% was helped by a raft of new products, joined in April by a new coconut brew which sold a whopping 5 million cups in a week. Meanwhile, Starbucks’ like-for-like China revenue dropped 23% in the same period. The company blamed pandemic curbs and a weak currency. Notably, Luckin reported its first ever quarterly operating profit of $2.5 million and gave its first investor presentation in two years. Currently listed on the pink sheets, the company may be gunning for a return to the Big Board. Stronger financials and transparency about its fraud remediation measures are welcome. But with Covid-19 lockdowns paralysing economic activity in major cities, the momentum may not last in the second quarter. It will take more time, and more cups of joe, to get investors hooked again. (By Jennifer Hughes) Capital Calls - More concise insights on global finance: Didi stock becomes an option on China tech Richemont’s caution on China is a wake-up call UK tech bid frenzy will be over before it starts Stablecoin safety measures fail to fully convince Twitter board’s “fool me thrice” risk (Editing by Robyn Mak and Katrina Hamlin) The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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