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Wendy's posts mixed results, maintains 2014 outlook

Wendy's fourth-quarter net income rose 25 percent, bolstered by a drop in expenses.

While earnings topped Wall Street expectations, sales were under some pressure and revenue fell short, sending shares down in premarket trading Thursday.

For the three months ended Dec. 29, the restaurant operator earned $33.1 million, or 8 cents per share. That's up from $26.4 million, or 7 cents per share, a year ago.

Stripping out impairment charges and other items, earnings were 11 cents per share, or 2 cents better than analyst projections, according to a poll by FactSet.

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Costs and expenses declined to $563.5 million from $597.6 million. Interest expense dropped to $13.5 million from $20.8 million.

Revenue fell 6 percent to $592.4 million from $629.9 million, short of Wall Street's forecast of $593.4 million.

Full-year net income grew more than sixfold to $45.5 million, or 11 cents per share, from $7.1 million, or 2 cents per share, in the previous year.

Adjusted earnings were 30 cents per share.

Annual revenue dipped 1 percent to $2.49 billion from $2.51 billion.

In North America, sales at company-run restaurants open at least a year rose 1.9 percent.

Wendy's reaffirmed its forecast for 2014 adjusted earnings between 34 and 36 cents per share. Analysts expect earnings of 33 cents per share.

The company also maintained its long-term outlook for a mid-teens increase in adjusted earnings per share.

--By AP.

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