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Papa John’s Sales Spike as Nervous Americans Gorge on Pizza

If you ordered in pizza on election night, you weren’t alone. Papa John International Inc. saw a big spike in pizza sales on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, its top executive said -- though not enough to skew the fourth quarter’s results.

“It was a huge night for us,” Chief Executive Officer Rob Lynch said in a phone interview after the chain reported third-quarter profit that surpassed analysts’ expectations.