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China's 4,292 Starbucks stores brought in 10 percent of the company's revenue during the October-December period, so the closure will affect earnings, the company said.
Starbucks had expected full-year revenue growth in the 6 percent to 8 percent range and same-store sales growth of 3 percent to 4 percent.
“We remain optimistic and committed to the long-term growth potential in China," Starbucks President and CEO Kevin Johnson said in a conference call Tuesday with analysts.
Starbucks shares fell 1.6 percent to $87.20 in extended trading following the earnings report.
The holiday season was one of the best in the company's history.
A combination of new stores and solid foot traffic helped the Seattle-based coffee giant handily beat Wall Street's forecasts in the October-December period.
Starbucks' earnings rose 16 percent to $886 million in the fiscal first quarter. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring items like restructuring charges, were 79 cents per share. That beat Wall Street's forecast of 76 cents.
Starbucks said same-store sales — or sales at stores open at least 13 months — jumped 5 percent worldwide in the October-December period, ahead of analysts' forecast of 4.4 percent. Revenue was up 7 percent to $7.1 billion, in line with analysts' forecasts.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.