SAN DIEGO Jack in the Box Inc. said this week that results for its current first quarter will fall below year-ago levels because of increased commodity costs and the volatile financial markets. The company, which operates or franchises 2,158 namesake quick-service restaurants and 454 Qdoba fast-casual restaurants, said the cost of beef, its largest commodity expense, is expected to increase as much as 20 percent from a year ago. Overall commodity costs are expected to increase ...

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