CARPINTERIA Calif. CKE Restaurants Inc. posted an 8.3-percent jump in its first quarter profit as menu price increases, cost control measures and a large share repurchase plan helped to offset the slowed sales and the growing operating and commodity costs plaguing most restaurant companies. CKE, which operates and franchises the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s brands, said it would further control costs by backing off growth plans for its Hardee’s restaurants. A 32-percent reduction in new ...

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