>CKE Restaurants(R), Inc. Reports Period Thirteen Same-Store Sales

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>”Same-store sales remained weak in the final period of our fiscal 2010 with no real improvement in the overall economy or the unemployment rates in the markets we serve and with the deep-discount burger wars continuing during the traditionally slow winter months,” said Andrew F. Puzder, chief executive officer. “Both brands’ sales results were also significantly impacted by worse weather this year than in the prior year. Carl’s Jr., experienced severe rain in its core West Coast markets for most of the final week of the period and Hardee’s experienced severe winter weather in several of its core mid-west and southeast markets. Regardless of when the overall economy turns around, we remain steadfastly focused on protecting our brand image for the long run while trying to grow same-store sales in the short run. Given the state of the economy, I’m proud of our profitability and we will continue to focus on the excellent value-for-the money of our premium products and new initiatives to improve same-store sales and increase market share.

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