Starbucks Corp. began the fiscal year with a record-breaking first quarter, with same-store sales rising 9 percent in the Americas region, which includes the U.S., the company said Thursday. Traffic climbed 4 percent. Over the holiday season, a record $1.9 billion was loaded onto Starbucks cards in the U.S. and Canada, the company said. One in six American adults received a Starbucks gift card during the quarter, an increase from one in seven the previous year. Globally, same-store sales ...

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