CARPINTERIA, Calif. Poor economic conditions in California continued to take a toll on the Carl’s Jr. chain during April, while sister brand Hardee’s showed stronger sales trends, CKE Restaurants Inc. said Wednesday.For the four weeks ended April 19, Carl’s Jr.’s same-store sales dropped 8.7 percent, compared with a 3.6-percent decline the same time last year.Andrew Puzder, CKE’s chief executive, blamed the difficult economic climate and high unemployment rates in California, a core market ...

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