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Starbucks Is Third-Largest Restaurant Chain, Technomic Says

Starbucks Corp. has sprinted past Burger King Holdings Inc. and Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc. to become the third-largest U.S. restaurant chain by sales, says industry tracker, Technomic Inc.

Seattle-based Starbucks passed the milestone last year when sales increased 8.7 percent to $9.07 billion, according to an estimate by the Chicago-based firm. Technomic data include sales from company stores and from store licensees.