Shake Shack forecasts slim sales as Omicron surge hurts

Signage for Shake Shack Inc. is displayed on a glass door at the company’s restaurant in Shanghai, China.

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Shake Shack forecast quarterly revenue below estimates, as the Omicron variant led to labor shortages and forced the burger chain to close restaurants earlier than usual, sending its shares down 5% in extended trading.

Benefits from easing Covid-19 Delta wave were short-lived for Shake Shack as the Omicron wave that soon followed dissuaded customers from venturing out and setting back the recovery of urban-centric restaurants.

Shake Shack said on Thursday it expects total revenue of $ 196 million to $ 201.4 million for the first quarter, compared to estimates of $ 210.9 million, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

Same-store sales so far in February increased 13% from a year earlier. In comparison, sales grew 20.8% in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 29.

The New York-based chain pre-announced quarterly results ahead of a conference hosted by advisory firm ICR.

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