Restaurant Brands has a Whopper of a 3rd quarter

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The company that runs Burger King and Tim Hortons put up some big third-quarter numbers with strong sales at the home of the Whopper in the U.S.

Restaurant Brands earned $91.4 million, or 37 cents per share, for the three months ended Sept. 30. Earnings, when the extinguishment of debt and other one-time costs are removed, were 58 cents per share. That easily beat the 49 cents per share that analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research forecast.

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The Oakville, Ontario, company earned $86.3 million, or 36 cents per share, a year ago.

Revenue climbed to $1.21 billion from $1.08 billion.

Sales at Burger King locations open at least a year climbed 3.6 percent, more than double the prior year's 1.7 percent increase. The performance was bolstered by a 4 percent rise in sales at U.S. locations open at least a year.

At Tim Hortons, the metric edged up 0.3 percent.

Shares of Restaurant Brands International Inc. added 47 cents to $67.86 in Thursday morning trading.

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