Starbucks Corp. says more customers visited its stores worldwide, helping it deliver major sales gains for its fiscal fourth quarter.

Starbucks Corp. says more customers visited its stores worldwide, helping it deliver major sales gains for its fiscal fourth quarter.

The Seattle-based coffee giant earned $652.5 million, or 43 cents, for the most recent period, meeting analyst forecasts according to FactSet.

Revenue jumped nearly 18 percent to $4.91 billion, just ahead of market forecasts of $4.9 billion.

For the current quarter ending in January, Starbucks expects its per-share earnings to range from 44 cents to 45 cents. The company expects full-year earnings in the range of $1.87 to $1.89 per share.

Starbucks shares have increased 52 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has risen slightly more than 1 percent.

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