Jack in the Box’s same-store sales took a better-than-expected upswing in the third quarter on improved traffic and a growing average check, but the company’s earnings reported Wednesday fell short of analysts’ expectations. For the third quarter ended July 10, the San Diego-based Jack in the Box Inc., parent of the Jack in the Box and Qdoba Mexican Grill brands, reported net earnings of $18.7 million, or 38 cents per share, down 23 percent from $24.2 million, or 44 cents ...

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