Papa John's International, Inc. (Nasdaq:PZZA) announced May 12 that systemwide comparable sales for the four weeks ended April 23, 2000, increased 7.3%, comprised of a 7.4% increase at company-owned restaurants and a 7.2% increase at franchised units. As previously reported, the timing of the company's 15th Anniversary national advertising promotion had a positive impact on April comparable sales results. The company expects a correspondingly unfavorable impact on May results, with no net impact on overall second quarter results.
At May 11, 2000, there were 2,361 Papa John's restaurants (597 domestic company-owned, 1,730 domestic franchised and 34 international franchised) operating in 47 states, the District of Columbia and five international markets. Papa John's also owns or franchises 206 Perfect Pizza restaurants (12 company-owned and 194 franchised) in the United Kingdom.
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