Panera Bread Co. is extending restaurant workers’ hours, streamlining its menu and upgrading equipment to address slow throughput, executives said this week. While same-store sales rose 1.3 percent systemwide in the third quarter ended Sept. 24, most of the increase was credited to higher prices and mix, not increased traffic, officials said. “With 1.7-percent company comps in the third quarter and 1.6-percent company comps for the first 27 days of the fourth quarter, our ...

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