RICHMOND HEIGHTS MO. Panera Bread Co. is striving to strengthen softening profit margins and ease investor dissatisfaction by employing a variety of initiatives to increase transactions and overall sales. —Bakery-cafe segment leader Restaurant margins fell 2.6 percent in the third quarter ended Sept. 25, and earnings before interest and tax margins fell 2 percent. Though same-store sales rose 2.6 percent compared with the same quarter ...

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