CARPINTERIA Calif. Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s parent CKE Restaurants Inc. credited strong sales of premium hamburgers for a 1.2-percent increase in blended same-store sales for December, the company said Wednesday. Andrew Puzder, CKE’s president and chief executive, pointed to the Portobello Mushroom Six Dollar Burger at Carl’s Jr. and the Philly Cheese Steak Thickburger at Hardee’s, which he said sold well despite competition from the discounted double cheeseburgers being promoted by ...

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