January 31, 2008 / 3:39 PM / 10 years ago

Burger King CEO says not seeing U.S. slowdown

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LOS ANGELES, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Burger King Holdings Inc BKC.N saw no slowdown in U.S. consumer spending in the recent quarter and is experiencing an uptick in same-store sales in January, Chief Executive John Chidsey said on Thursday.

"U.S. comps were strong throughout the quarter and remained strong, even accelerating, into January. We have not and are not seeing a slowdown," Chidsey said in a conference call following the company's report of a higher fiscal second-quarter profit.

U.S. consumers have been pinched by falling home prices and higher costs for food and fuel, and restaurant chains including McDonald's Corp (MCD.N) and Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O) have reported weaker results from the United States. (Reporting by Lisa Baertlein, editing by Dave Zimmerman)

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