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Starbucks Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2008 Results

Company Closes Transitional Year with Re-architected Cost Structure

Results Reflect Q4 and FY08 Transformation and Restructuring Costs

Positioned to Grow Earnings in Fiscal 2009

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 10, 2008--Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) today reported financial results for its fourth quarter ended September 28, 2008, as well as full fiscal 2008 results.

As Starbucks moves from fiscal 2008, a year of significant transition for the company, it is well positioned to deliver in fiscal 2009 with the following foundational planks in place:

  • A re-architected cost structure to allow for long-term operating margin expansion
  • A healthier store portfolio achieved through closure of underperforming stores
  • A stronger value and rewards platform - consistent with Starbucks premium brand
  • A renewed emphasis and investment around coffee leadership
  • A galvanized company with a common purpose

"With a re-architected cost structure at the close of fiscal 2008, we began the new fiscal year with a healthier store portfolio that will allow for operating margin expansion," commented Howard Schultz, chairman, president and ceo. "Despite a global economic environment which shows no immediate signs of improvement, the steps we took in FY08 position us to deliver EPS growth in FY09."

Schultz continued, "We appear to be more resilient than many other premium brands. And while we cannot call isolated signs of improving sales a trend, we are encouraged by our ability to drive increased traffic at a relatively low cost, as we did on Election Day. As we head into the holiday season and Calendar '09, consumers are looking for value and we've been pleased with the steady progress of our Starbucks Rewards program and the enthusiastic reception to the Starbucks Gold Card. I am optimistic we are well positioned to weather this challenging economic environment."

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2008 Summary

Consolidated net revenues increased 3 percent to $2.5 billion for the fourth quarter of 2008, compared to $2.4 billion for the fourth quarter of 2007. For the 13-week period ended September 28, 2008, Starbucks reported net income of $5.4 million, which included $105.1 million of restructuring charges and other transformation strategy costs. Net income was $158.5 million for the same period a year ago. Earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter was $0.01, compared to $0.21 per share earned in the prior year period. The company estimates that restructuring charges and costs associated with the execution of its transformation agenda impacted fourth quarter 2008 EPS by approximately $0.09 per share. The majority of these costs consist of charges associated with company actions announced in July of 2008 to close approximately 600 company-operated stores in the U.S. and 61 company-operated stores in Australia, and reduce approximately 1,000 open and filled positions within its leadership structure and non-store organization. Excluding the restructuring charges and other transformation costs, fourth-quarter fiscal 2008 non-GAAP net income was $71.0 million and non-GAAP EPS for fiscal fourth quarter 2008 was $0.10 per share.

Fiscal 2008 - Year in Review

For fiscal 2008, consolidated net revenues increased 10 percent to $10.4 billion, compared to $9.4 billion for fiscal 2007. Company-operated retail revenues in fiscal 2008 rose 10 percent to $8.8 billion from $8.0 billion in fiscal 2007, due to the opening of 681 net new company-operated stores, offset by a 3 percent decline in comparable store sales for the 12-month period. The weakness in consolidated comparable store sales was driven by the U.S. segment, which posted comparable store sales of negative 5 percent. Partially offsetting this was positive 2 percent comparable store sales in the International segment for the year. Specialty revenues grew 14 percent for the year to $1.6 billion from $1.4 billion in fiscal 2007.

Operating income for fiscal 2008 decreased to $504 million, compared to $1.1 billion for fiscal 2007. Operating margin contracted 630 basis points to 4.9 percent of total net revenues for the full year ended September 28, 2008, from 11.2 percent for the same period a year ago. Margin compression was primarily due to lower revenues; in addition, restructuring charges associated with the store closures and right-sizing of the business and support organization accounted for approximately 40 percent of the decrease. Excluding restructuring charges and other transformation strategy costs, non-GAAP operating margin for fiscal year 2008 was 8.1 percent.

Net earnings totaled $315.5 million for fiscal 2008, versus $672.6 million in fiscal 2007, while EPS for the year was $0.43, compared to EPS of $0.87 in fiscal 2007. For the full year 2008, restructuring charges and other transformation costs impacted EPS by approximately $0.28 per share. Excluding these charges, non-GAAP EPS for fiscal year 2008 was $0.71 per share.

Fourth Quarter Financials

The three-percent growth in consolidated net revenues in the fourth quarter 2008 was heavily influenced by the U.S. business, which contributed 75 percent of total net revenues. The company's lower than expected revenue growth was driven by an 8 percent decrease in U.S. comparable store sales for the quarter due to both deteriorating traffic trends in the U.S., and a decline in the average value per transaction. For the quarter, U.S. total net revenues increased by $17.3 million, or 1 percent, to $1.9 billion mainly due to increased revenues from licensed stores. Revenues from U.S. company-operated retail stores declined slightly to $1.7 billion for the 13 weeks ended September 28, 2008, compared to the same period of last year, primarily due to the decline in comparable stores sales more than offsetting revenue growth from new stores. International total net revenues expanded 13 percent, or $61.8 million, to $533.6 million for the 13 weeks ended September 28, 2008 as the company continued to expand its store presence in its 45 markets outside the U.S., with the majority of new store openings being international licensed stores. Overall, comparable store sales for the International segment were flat for the fourth quarter, primarily resulting from a decline in traffic in the UK along with continued softer sales in Canada during the period. For the Global Consumer Products Group (CPG), total net revenues declined by 4 percent, or $4.6 million, to $105.0 million for the fourth quarter fiscal 2008 due primarily to decreased revenues from packaged coffee sales in the U.S. market.

For the discussion of operating expenses, it is important to note that many of the company's operating expenses are fixed in nature. As a result, the softness in U.S. revenues during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008 impacted nearly all consolidated and U.S. segment operating expense line items when viewed as a percentage of sales. Additionally, restructuring charges and other transformation costs negatively impacted the company's operating income and operating margin in both the U.S. and International business segments.

Consolidated cost of sales including occupancy costs increased 360 basis points to 47.3 percent of total net revenues for the 13 weeks ended September 28, 2008, compared to 43.7 percent in the corresponding period in fiscal 2007. The increase was primarily due to higher distribution costs, inventory write-downs, and higher rent expenses as a percentage of revenues.

Store operating expenses as a percentage of related company-operated retail revenues rose 350 basis points to 44.5 percent in the fourth quarter 2008, from 41.0 percent for the prior year period. The increase was primarily due to higher payroll expenditures as a percentage of revenues in the U.S. business, as well as impairment provisions for under-performing stores in the U.S. and International markets.

General and administrative expenses as a percentage of total net revenues improved 130 basis points to 3.8 percent for the fourth quarter 2008, from 5.1 percent for the corresponding period of fiscal 2007. The favorability was primarily due to lower payroll-related expenses.

Restructuring charges totaled $99.2 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008. Of that amount, $38.6 million was related to executing on the decision to close approximately 600 underperforming U.S. company-operated stores. Total lease exit costs are now expected to be up to $170 million. This revised estimate compares to the previously disclosed range of $120 million to $140 million, initially reported on July 1, 2008. During fourth quarter fiscal 2008, the first 205 of these stores were closed. The approximately 400 remaining U.S. store closures are now expected to occur by the end of fiscal 2009 and the remaining lease exit costs are expected to be recognized during that time frame. The restructuring charges recognized during the fourth quarter also included the closure of 61 company-operated stores in Australia, and costs associated with the reduction in positions within Starbucks leadership structure and non-store organization, which includes severance costs and impairment charges related to corporate real estate the company no longer plans to occupy.

Consolidated operating income was $14.2 million for the 13-week period ended September 28, 2008, compared with operating income of $248.0 million in the comparable prior year period. Operating margin was 0.6 percent of total net revenues for the fourth quarter fiscal 2008 compared to 10.2 percent for the same period a year ago. Margin compression was primarily due to softer revenues; restructuring charges of $99.2 million recognized in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008 added 390 basis points of the decrease.

For fourth quarter fiscal 2008, the U.S. segment produced operating income of $51.1 million, compared with $224.6 million for the same period a year ago. Operating margin was 2.7 percent of related revenues for the fourth quarter fiscal 2008 compared to 12.1 percent in the corresponding period of fiscal 2007. This decrease was primarily driven by softer revenues due to weak traffic; in addition, restructuring charges of $43.2 million recognized in the period had a 230-basis-point impact on operating margin.

International operating income decreased to $2.6 million for the fourth quarter 2008, with the related operating margin contracting to 0.5 percent of related revenues, from 10.8 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007. The primary reason for this decline was softer revenues due to weak traffic; in addition, $19.2 million in restructuring charges impacted the operating margin by 360 basis points.

Operating income for the CPG segment was $63.3 million for the 13 weeks ended September 28, 2008 and operating margin increased 340 basis points to 60.3 percent of related revenues from 56.9 percent for the prior year period. The margin improvement was primarily due to the mix of revenue being less weighted toward the initial sale of coffee and tea products to Starbucks distributor, which have related cost of sales expenses, and more toward revenue profit sharing earned on the distributor's sales to retailers.

Income tax for the company in the fourth quarter was a benefit of $6.6 million, compared to an expense of $88.3 million for the same period a year ago. The fourth quarter of fiscal 2008 included an adjustment to arrive at the full-year tax rate, the impact of which was significant as a percentage of the small amount of pretax loss, and resulted in a tax benefit that exceeded the amount of pretax loss.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flows

Starbucks financial position and liquidity remain strong and the company is committed to its current capital structure and ratings. Starbucks operations continue to produce solid operating cash flows, and the actions the company has taken as part of its transformation strategy implemented during fiscal 2008, along with reduced capital expenditures from fewer store openings during fiscal 2009, are expected to position Starbucks to generate higher free cash flow going forward.

At fiscal year end 2008, the company had $271 million available for short-term borrowings under its combined credit facility and commercial paper program. Starbucks continues to have access to short-term debt instruments within its overall capital strategy.

For fiscal 2008, cash flow from operations was $1.3 billion, flat with fiscal 2007, while capital expenditures for fiscal 2008 declined to $985 million versus $1.1 billion for the previous year.

2009 Financial and Operational Metrics

Starbucks is providing updated information about fiscal 2009 key financial and operational metrics, which are impacted by recent actions associated with its transformation strategy as well as the effects of the current operating environment.

As a baseline for its fiscal 2009 non-GAAP EPS expectations, the company is using fiscal 2008 consolidated comparable store sales of negative three percent and non-GAAP EPS of $0.71. In addition, non-GAAP EPS for fiscal 2009 excludes up to an estimated $0.12 per share in lease exit costs associated with the fiscal 2008 U.S. and Australia store closure decisions.

Starbucks believes that if it were to report a two percent decline in consolidated comparable store sales in fiscal 2009, the company would deliver GAAP EPS of about $0.78 per share, or non-GAAP EPS of approximately $0.90 per share. If the current environment worsens, the company believes even a five percent decrease in consolidated comparable store sales would result in GAAP EPS of approximately $0.68 per share, or non-GAAP EPS of around $0.80 per share. In the event of further deterioration in consumer spending and its associated impact on traffic, Starbucks believes a seven percent decline in consolidated same store sales would lead to GAAP EPS of approximately $0.59 per share, or non-GAAP EPS relatively flat year-over-year. Both GAAP and non-GAAP EPS estimates factor in a range of $200 million to $210 million in pretax positive benefit, or $0.17 to $0.18 of EPS, from the U.S. company-operated store closures, restructuring of the Australia market and cost savings from the leadership and non-store organization changes.

The company is not providing specific quarterly EPS targets for fiscal 2009, however, in addition to lease exit costs, the first quarter will also be impacted by Starbucks significant investment in its field organization through the leadership conference in late October. Starbucks fiscal first quarter 2009 is also expected to be the toughest comparable period year-over-year.

Starbucks 2009 U.S. store opening target is now approximately a negative 20 net new stores, which includes a nearly 225 company-operated store decline and approximately 205 net new licensed stores. Internationally, Starbucks is now planning to open approximately 700 net new stores in fiscal 2009, two-thirds of which are expected to be licensed, as it factors in the current global economic climate, with a more cautious approach in the UK and Western Europe.

The company's outlook for capital expenditures in fiscal 2009 has been further reduced to approximately $700 million, reflecting lower store opening targets for its International segment. Starbucks remains committed to maintaining its credit ratings, and plans to use its free cash flow to reduce short-term borrowings during fiscal 2009.

Conference Call

Starbucks will host a conference call today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The call will be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed at the company's web site address of http://investor.starbucks.com. A replay of the call will be available via telephone through 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, November 14, 2008, by calling 1-800-642-1687, reservation number 22251514. A posting of speaker remarks and a replay of the call will also be available via the Investor Relations page on Starbucks.com through approximately 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, December 12, 2008, at the following URL: http://investor.starbucks.com.

The company's consolidated statements of earnings, operating segment results, and other additional information have been provided on the following pages in accordance with current year classifications. This information should be reviewed in conjunction with this press release. Please refer to the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2007 for additional information.

About Starbucks

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting the highest quality arabica coffee in the world. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at www.starbucks.com

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements relating to certain company initiatives and plans, as well as trends in or expectations regarding, the expected effects of its transformation strategy, restructuring and other initiatives, earnings per share, (on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis), comparable store sales, store openings and closings, free cash flow, short-term borrowing levels, and capital expenditures, as well as expense control. These forward-looking statements are based on currently available operating, financial and competitive information and are subject to a number of significant risks and uncertainties. Actual future results may differ materially depending on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, coffee, dairy and other raw material prices and availability, successful execution of the company's transformation strategy, restructuring and other initiatives, fluctuations in U.S. and international economies and currencies, store traffic trends, the impact of competition, the effect of legal proceedings, and other risks detailed in the company filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the "Risk Factors" section of Starbucks Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2007 and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for fiscal 2008. The company assumes no obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements.

                        STARBUCKS CORPORATION
                 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS
                             (unaudited)

                                13 Weeks Ended         13 Weeks Ended
                          ---------------------------  --------------
                                                                Sep
                           Sep 28,   Sep 30,    %      Sep 28,   30,
                            2008      2007    Change    2008    2007
                          ---------------------------  --------------
                          (in millions, except per
                                  share data)
                                                         As a % of
                                                         total net
                                                          revenues
                                                       --------------
Net revenues:
         Company-operated
          retail          $2,097.3  $2,058.0     1.9 %  83.4 %  84.3 %
         Specialty:
          Licensing          311.1     282.7    10.0    12.4    11.6
          Foodservice and
           other             107.0     100.2     6.8     4.3     4.1
                          -------------------          --------------
               Total
                specialty    418.1     382.9     9.2    16.6    15.7
                          -------------------          --------------
Total net revenues         2,515.4   2,440.9     3.1   100.0   100.0

Cost of sales including
 occupancy costs           1,189.5   1,065.6    11.6    47.3    43.7
Store operating expenses
 (a)                         932.4     843.7    10.5    37.1    34.6
Other operating expenses
 (b)                          82.0      74.6     9.9     3.3     3.1
Depreciation and
 amortization expenses       138.2     124.2    11.3     5.5     5.1
General and
 administrative expenses      96.4     123.3   (21.8)    3.8     5.1
Restructuring charges         99.2         -      nm     3.9       -
                          -------------------          --------------
          Subtotal
           operating
           expenses        2,537.7   2,231.4    13.7   100.9    91.4
                          -------------------          --------------

Income from equity
 investees                    36.5      38.5    (5.2)    1.5     1.6
                          -------------------          --------------
          Operating
           income             14.2     248.0   (94.3)    0.6    10.2

Interest income and
 other, net                   (2.8)     12.3      nm    (0.1)    0.5
Interest expense             (12.6)    (13.5)   (6.7)   (0.5)   (0.6)
                          -------------------          --------------
          Earnings/(loss)
           before income
           taxes              (1.2)    246.8      nm    (0.0)   10.1

Income taxes (c)              (6.6)     88.3      nm    (0.3)    3.6
                          -------------------          --------------
          Net earnings
                          $    5.4  $  158.5   (96.6)    0.2 %   6.5 %
                          ===================          ==============

Net earnings per common
 share - diluted          $   0.01  $   0.21   (95.2)%
                          ===================
Weighted avg. shares
 outstanding - diluted       741.9     759.1


(a)       As a percentage of related company-operated retail
           revenues, store operating expenses were 44.5 percent for
           the 13 weeks ended September 28, 2008, and 41.0 percent
           for the 13 weeks ended September 30, 2007.
(b)       As a percentage of related total specialty revenues, other
           operating expenses were 19.6 percent for the 13 weeks
           ended September 28, 2008, and 19.5 percent for the 13
           weeks ended September 30, 2007.
(c)       The effective tax rates were 550.0 percent for the 13 weeks
           ended September 28, 2008, and 35.8 percent for the 13
           weeks ended September 30, 2007.
                        STARBUCKS CORPORATION
                 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS
                             (unaudited)

                                                          52 Weeks
                            52 Weeks Ended                  Ended
                       -------------------------------  -------------
                                                         Sep    Sep
                          Sep 28,     Sep 30,     %       28,    30,
                           2008         2007    Change   2008   2007
                       -------------------------------  -------------
                        (in millions, except per share
                                     data)
                                                          As a % of
                                                          total net
                                                           revenues
                                                        --------------
Net revenues:
          Company-
           operated
           retail         $ 8,771.9    $7,998.3   9.7 %  84.5 % 85.0 %
          Specialty:
           Licensing        1,171.6     1,026.3  14.2    11.3   10.9
           Foodservice
            and other         439.5       386.9  13.6     4.2    4.1
                       -------------------------        -------------
            Total
             specialty      1,611.1     1,413.2  14.0    15.5   15.0
                       -------------------------        -------------
Total net revenues         10,383.0     9,411.5  10.3   100.0  100.0

Cost of sales including
 occupancy costs            4,645.3     3,999.1  16.2    44.7   42.5
Store operating
 expenses (a)               3,745.1     3,215.9  16.5    36.1   34.2
Other operating
 expenses (b)                 330.1       294.2  12.2     3.2    3.1
Depreciation and
 amortization expenses        549.3       467.2  17.6     5.3    5.0
General and administrative
 expenses                     456.0       489.2  (6.8)    4.4    5.2
Restructuring charges         266.9           -     nm    2.6      -
                           ---------------------        -------------
           Subtotal
            operating
            expenses        9,992.7     8,465.6  18.0    96.2   89.9

Income from equity
 investees                    113.6       108.0   5.2     1.1    1.1
                           ---------------------        -------------
           Operating
            income            503.9     1,053.9 (52.2)    4.9   11.2

Interest income and other,
 net                            9.0        40.4 (77.7)    0.1    0.4
Interest expense              (53.4)      (38.0) 40.5    (0.5)  (0.4)
                       -------------------------        -------------
           Earnings before
            income taxes      459.5     1,056.3 (56.5)    4.4   11.2

Income taxes (c)              144.0       383.7 (62.5)    1.4    4.1
                       -------------------------        -------------
           Net earnings   $   315.5    $  672.6 (53.1)    3.0 %  7.1 %
                       =========================        =============

Net earnings per common
 share - diluted          $    0.43    $   0.87 (50.6)%
                       =========================
Weighted avg. shares
 outstanding - diluted        741.7       770.1

(a)       As a percentage of related company-operated retail revenues,
           store operating expenses were 42.7 percent for the 52 weeks
           ended September 28, 2008, and 40.2 percent for the 52 weeks
           ended September 30, 2007.
(b)       As a percentage of related total specialty revenues, other
           operating expenses were 20.5 percent for the 52 weeks ended
           September 28, 2008, and 20.8 percent for the 52 weeks ended
           September 30, 2007.
(c)       The effective tax rates were 31.3 percent for the 52 weeks
           ended September 28, 2008, and 36.3 percent for the 52 weeks
           ended September 30, 2007.

Segment Results

The tables below present reportable segment results net of intersegment eliminations (in millions):


                         -------------------------  -----------------
United States             Sep 28,  Sep 30,    %     Sep 28,   Sep 30,
                           2008      2007   Change    2008     2007
                         -------------------------  -----------------
                                                     As a % of U.S.
                                                        total net
13 Weeks Ended                                           revenues
------------------------                            -----------------
Net revenues:
   Company-operated
    retail               $1,651.5  $1,659.0  (0.5)%    88.0 %    89.2%
   Specialty:
      Licensing             132.0     110.9  19.0       7.0       6.0
      Foodservice and
       other                 93.3      89.6   4.1       5.0       4.8
                         ------------------         -----------------
         Total specialty    225.3     200.5  12.4      12.0      10.8
                         ------------------         -----------------
Total net revenues        1,876.8   1,859.5   0.9     100.0     100.0

Cost of sales including
 occupancy costs            851.0     774.8   9.8      45.3      41.7
Store operating expenses
 (a)                        762.1     699.4   9.0      40.6      37.6
Other operating expenses
 (b)                         53.5      48.9   9.4       2.9       2.6
Depreciation and
 amortization expenses       99.2      93.3   6.3       5.3       5.0
General and
 administrative expenses     16.3      19.3 (15.5)      0.9       1.0
Restructuring charges        43.2         -    nm       2.3         -
                         ------------------         -----------------
      Total operating
       expenses           1,825.3   1,635.7  11.6      97.3      88.0

Income/(loss) from
 equity investees            (0.4)      0.8    nm      (0.0)      0.0
                         ------------------         -----------------
      Operating income   $   51.1  $  224.6 (77.2)%     2.7 %    12.1%
                         ==================         =================

52 Weeks Ended
------------------------
Net revenues:
   Company-operated
    retail               $6,997.7  $6,560.9   6.7 %    88.7 %    89.3%
   Specialty:
      Licensing             504.2     439.1  14.8       6.4       6.0
      Foodservice and
       other                385.1     349.0  10.3       4.9       4.7
                         ------------------         -----------------
         Total specialty    889.3     788.1  12.8      11.3      10.7
                         ------------------         -----------------
Total net revenues        7,887.0   7,349.0   7.3     100.0     100.0

Cost of sales including
 occupancy costs          3,371.7   2,956.2  14.1      42.8      40.2
Store operating expenses
 (c)                      3,081.0   2,684.2  14.8      39.1      36.5
Other operating expenses
 (d)                        219.6     204.8   7.2       2.8       2.8
Depreciation and
 amortization expenses      401.7     348.2  15.4       5.1       4.7
General and
 administrative expenses     72.7      85.9 (15.4)      0.9       1.2
Restructuring charges       210.9         -    nm       2.7         -
                         ------------------         -----------------
      Total operating
       expenses           7,357.6   6,279.3  17.2      93.3      85.4

Income/(loss) from
 equity investees            (1.3)      0.8    nm         -         -
                         ------------------         -----------------
      Operating income   $  528.1  $1,070.5 (50.7)%     6.7 %    14.6%
                         ==================         =================


(a) As a percentage of related company-operated retail revenues, store
     operating expenses were 46.1 percent for the 13 weeks ended
     September 28, 2008, and 42.2 percent for the 13 weeks ended
     September 30, 2007.
(b) As a percentage of related total specialty revenues, other
     operating expenses were 23.7 percent for the 13 weeks ended
     September 28, 2008, and 24.4 percent for the 13 weeks ended
     September 30, 2007.
(c) As a percentage of related company-operated retail revenues, store
     operating expenses were 44.0 percent for the 52 weeks ended
     September 28, 2008, and 40.9 percent for the 52 weeks ended
     September 30, 2007.
(d) As a percentage of related total specialty revenues, other
     operating expenses were 24.7 percent for the 52 weeks ended
     September 28, 2008, and 26.0 percent for the 52 weeks ended
     September 30, 2007.

                          -------------------------  ----------------
International             Sep 28,  Sep 30,    %      Sep 28,  Sep 30,
                            2008     2007   Change    2008     2007
                          -------------------------  ----------------
                                                        As a % of
                                                      International
                                                        total net
13 Weeks Ended                                           revenues
-------------------------                            ----------------
Net revenues:
   Company-operated
    retail                $  445.8 $  399.0   11.7 %    83.5%    84.6%
   Specialty:
      Licensing               74.1     62.2   19.1      13.9     13.2
      Foodservice and
       other                  13.7     10.6   29.2       2.6      2.2
                          -----------------          ----------------
         Total specialty      87.8     72.8   20.6      16.5     15.4
                          -----------------          ----------------
Total net revenues           533.6    471.8   13.1     100.0    100.0

Cost of sales including
 occupancy costs             278.7    225.1   23.8      52.2     47.7
Store operating expenses
 (a)                         170.3    144.3   18.0      31.9     30.6
Other operating expenses
 (b)                          22.4     20.6    8.7       4.2      4.4
Depreciation and
 amortization expenses        28.7     21.8   31.7       5.4      4.6
General and
 administrative expenses      23.8     21.9    8.7       4.5      4.6
Restructuring charges         19.2        -     nm       3.6        -
                          -----------------          ----------------
      Total operating
       expenses              543.1    433.7   25.2     101.8     91.9

Income from equity
 investees                    12.1     12.9   (6.2)      2.3      2.7
                          -----------------          ----------------
      Operating income    $    2.6 $   51.0  (94.9)%     0.5%    10.8%
                          =================          ================

52 Weeks Ended
-------------------------
Net revenues:
   Company-operated
    retail                $1,774.2 $1,437.4   23.4 %    84.3%    84.7%
   Specialty:
      Licensing              274.8    220.9   24.4      13.1     13.0
      Foodservice and
       other                  54.4     37.9   43.5       2.6      2.2
                          -----------------          ----------------
         Total specialty     329.2    258.8   27.2      15.7     15.3
                          -----------------          ----------------
Total net revenues         2,103.4  1,696.2   24.0     100.0    100.0

Cost of sales including
 occupancy costs           1,054.0    824.6   27.8      50.1     48.6
Store operating expenses
 (c)                         664.1    531.7   24.9      31.6     31.3
Other operating expenses
 (d)                          88.5     69.9   26.6       4.2      4.1
Depreciation and
 amortization expenses       108.8     84.2   29.2       5.2      5.0
General and
 administrative expenses     113.0     93.8   20.5       5.4      5.5
Restructuring charges         19.2        -     nm       0.9        -
                          -----------------          ----------------
      Total operating
       expenses            2,047.6  1,604.2   27.6      97.3     94.6

Income from equity
 investees                    54.2     45.7   18.6       2.6      2.7
                          -----------------          ----------------
      Operating income    $  110.0 $  137.7  (20.1)%     5.2%     8.1%
                          =================          ================


(a) As a percentage of related company-operated retail revenues, store
     operating expenses were 38.2 percent for the 13 weeks ended
     September 28, 2008, and 36.2 percent for the 13 weeks ended
     September 30, 2007.
(b) As a percentage of related total specialty revenues, other
     operating expenses were 25.5 percent for the 13 weeks ended
     September 28, 2008, and 28.3 percent for the 13 weeks ended
     September 30, 2007.
(c) As a percentage of related company-operated retail revenues, store
     operating expenses were 37.4 percent for the 52 weeks ended
     September 28, 2008, and 37.0 percent for the 52 weeks ended
     September 30, 2007.
(d) As a percentage of related total specialty revenues, other
     operating expenses were 26.9 percent for the 52 weeks ended
     September 28, 2008, and 27.0 percent for the 52 weeks ended
     September 30, 2007.
Global Consumer Products Group (CPG)

                        -------------------------  ------------------
                        Sep 28,  Sep 30,    %      Sep 28,   Sep 30,
                          2008     2007   Change     2008      2007
                        -------------------------  ------------------
                                                     As a % of CPG
13 Weeks Ended                                     total net revenues
-----------------------                            ------------------
Net revenues:
  Specialty:
    Licensing           $ 105.0  $ 109.6    (4.2)%   100.0 %   100.0 %
                        -----------------          ------------------
      Total specialty     105.0    109.6    (4.2)    100.0     100.0
                        -----------------          ------------------

Cost of sales              59.8     65.7    (9.0)     57.0      59.9
Other operating
 expenses                   6.1      5.1    19.6       5.8       4.7
General and
 administrative
 expenses                   0.6      1.2   (50.0)      0.6       1.1
                        -----------------          ------------------
    Total operating
     expenses              66.5     72.0    (7.6)     63.3      65.7

Income from equity
 investees                 24.8     24.8       -      23.6      22.6
                        -----------------          ------------------
    Operating income    $  63.3  $  62.4     1.4 %    60.3 %    56.9 %
                        =================          ==================

52 Weeks Ended
-----------------------
Net revenues:
  Specialty:
    Licensing           $ 392.6  $ 366.3     7.2 %   100.0 %   100.0 %
                        -----------------          ------------------
      Total specialty     392.6    366.3     7.2     100.0     100.0
                        -----------------          ------------------

Cost of sales             219.6    218.3     0.6      55.9      59.6
Other operating
 expenses                  22.0     19.5    12.8       5.6       5.3
Depreciation and
 amortization expenses        -      0.1      nm         -         -
General and
 administrative
 expenses                   6.4      6.3     1.6       1.6       1.7
                        -----------------          ------------------
    Total operating
     expenses             248.0    244.2     1.6      63.2      66.7

Income from equity
 investees                 60.7     61.5    (1.3)     15.5      16.8
                         ----------------          ------------------
    Operating income    $ 205.3  $ 183.6    11.8 %    52.3 %    50.1 %
                        =================          ==================

                        -------------------------  ------------------
Unallocated Corporate   Sep 28,  Sep 30,    %      Sep 28,   Sep 30,
                          2008     2007   Change     2008      2007
                        -------------------------  ------------------
                                                    As a % of total
                                                      net revenues
                                                   ------------------
13 Weeks Ended
-----------------------
Depreciation and
 amortization expenses  $  10.3  $   9.1    13.2 %     0.4 %     0.4 %
General and
 administrative
 expenses                  55.7     80.9   (31.1)      2.2       3.3
Restructuring charges      36.8        -      nm       1.5         -
                        -----------------          ------------------
    Operating loss      $(102.8) $ (90.0)   14.2 %    (4.1)%    (3.7)%
                        =================          ------------------

52 Weeks Ended
-----------------------
Depreciation and
 amortization expenses  $  38.8  $  34.7    11.8 %     0.4 %     0.4 %
General and
 administrative
 expenses                 263.9    303.2   (13.0)      2.5       3.2
Restructuring charges      36.8        -      nm       0.4         -
                        -----------------          ------------------
    Operating loss      $(339.5) $(337.9)    0.5 %    (3.3)%    (3.6)%
                        -----------------          ------------------

                        STARBUCKS CORPORATION
                     CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                 (in millions, except per share data)
                             (unaudited)
                                          September 28,  September 30,
                                              2008           2007
                                         --------------- -------------
ASSETS
Current assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents              $         269.8 $       281.3
  Short-term investments - available-
   for-sale securities                               3.0          83.8
  Short-term investments - trading
   securities                                       49.5          73.6
  Accounts receivable, net                         329.5         287.9
  Inventories                                      692.8         691.7
  Prepaid expenses and other current
   assets                                          169.2         148.8
  Deferred income taxes, net                       234.2         129.4
                                         --------------- -------------
     Total current assets                        1,748.0       1,696.5

Long-term investments - available-for-
 sale securities                                    71.4          21.0
Equity and cost investments                        302.6         258.9
Property, plant and equipment, net               2,956.4       2,890.4
Other assets                                       261.1         219.4
Other intangible assets                             66.6          42.1
Goodwill                                           266.5         215.6
                                         --------------- -------------
  TOTAL ASSETS                           $       5,672.6 $     5,343.9
                                         =============== =============

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
  Commercial paper and short-term
   borrowings                            $         713.0 $       710.3
  Accounts payable                                 324.9         390.8
  Accrued compensation and related costs           253.6         292.4
  Accrued occupancy costs                          136.1          74.6
  Accrued taxes                                     76.1          92.5
  Insurance reserves                               152.5         137.0
  Other accrued expenses                           164.4         160.3
  Deferred revenue                                 368.4         296.9
  Current portion of long-term debt                  0.7           0.8
                                         --------------- -------------
     Total current liabilities                   2,189.7       2,155.6

Long-term debt                                     549.6         550.1
Other long-term liabilities                        442.4         354.1
                                         --------------- -------------
     Total liabilities                           3,181.7       3,059.8

Shareholders' equity:
  Common stock ($0.001 par value) -
   authorized, 1,200.0 shares; issued
   and outstanding, 735.5 and 738.3
   million shares, respectively,
   (includes 3.4 common stock units in
   both periods)                                     0.7           0.7
  Other additional paid-in-capital                  39.4          39.4
  Retained earnings                              2,402.4       2,189.4
  Accumulated other comprehensive income            48.4          54.6
                                         --------------- -------------
     Total shareholders' equity                  2,490.9       2,284.1
                                         --------------- -------------
  TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS'
   EQUITY                                $       5,672.6 $     5,343.9
                                         =============== =============
                        STARBUCKS CORPORATION
                CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
                     (unaudited and in millions)
                                                52 weeks ended
                                         -----------------------------
                                         September 28,  September 30,
                                             2008           2007
                                         -------------- --------------
OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net earnings                             $       315.5  $       672.6
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to
 net cash provided by operating
 activities:
    Depreciation and amortization                604.5          491.2
    Provision for impairments and asset
     disposals                                   325.0           26.0
    Deferred income taxes, net                  (117.1)         (37.3)
    Equity in income of investees                (61.3)         (65.7)
    Distributions from equity investees           52.6           65.9
    Stock-based compensation                      75.0          103.9
    Tax benefit from exercise of stock
     options                                       3.8            7.7
    Excess tax benefit from exercise of
     stock options                               (14.7)         (93.1)
    Other                                         (0.1)           0.7
    Cash provided/(used) by changes in
     operating assets and liabilities:
      Inventories                                 (0.6)         (48.6)
      Accounts payable                           (63.9)          36.1
      Accrued taxes                                7.3           86.4
      Deferred revenue                            72.4           63.2
      Other operating assets and
       liabilities                                60.3           22.2
                                         -------------- --------------
Net cash provided by operating
 activities                                    1,258.7        1,331.2

INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
  Purchase of available-for-sale
   securities                                    (71.8)        (237.4)
  Maturity of available-for-sale
   securities                                     20.0          178.2
  Sale of available-for-sale securities           75.9           47.5
  Acquisitions, net of cash acquired             (74.2)         (53.3)
  Net purchases of equity, other
   investments and other assets                  (52.0)         (56.6)
  Net additions to property, plant and
   equipment                                    (984.5)      (1,080.3)
                                         -------------- --------------
Net cash used by investing activities         (1,086.6)      (1,201.9)

FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
  Repayments of commercial paper             (66,068.0)     (16,600.9)
  Proceeds from issuance of commercial
   paper                                      65,770.8       17,311.1
  Repayments of short-term borrowings           (228.8)      (1,470.0)
  Proceeds from short-term borrowings            528.2          770.0
  Proceeds from issuance of common stock         112.3          176.9
  Excess tax benefit from exercise of
   stock options                                  14.7           93.1
  Principal payments on long-term debt            (0.6)          (0.8)
  Proceeds from issuance of long-term
   debt                                              -          549.0
  Repurchase of common stock                    (311.4)        (996.8)
  Other                                           (1.7)          (3.5)
                                         --------------  -------------
Net cash used by financing activities           (184.5)        (171.9)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash
 and cash equivalents                              0.9           11.3
                                         -------------- --------------
Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash
 equivalents                                     (11.5)         (31.3)
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS:
Beginning of period                              281.3          312.6
                                         -------------- --------------

End of the period                        $       269.8  $       281.3
                                         ============== ==============

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH FLOW
 INFORMATION:
Cash paid during the period for:
  Interest, net of capitalized interest  $        52.7  $        35.3
  Income taxes                           $       259.5  $       342.2

Fiscal Fourth Quarter 2008 Store Data

The company's store data for the periods presented are as follows:

                                       Net stores
                                     opened/(closed)
                                     during the period
                                  ----------------------
                                  13 Weeks    52 Weeks   Stores open
                                     Ended      Ended        as of
                                  ---------- ----------- -------------
                                  Sep   Sep  Sep   Sep    Sep    Sep
                                   28,   30,  28,   30,    28,    30,
                                  2008  2007 2008  2007   2008   2007
                                  ---------- ----------- -------------
United States:
               Company-operated
                Stores            (137)  227   445 1,065  7,238  6,793
               Licensed Stores     134   162   438   723  4,329  3,891
                                  ---------- ----------- -------------
                                    (3)  389   883 1,788 11,567 10,684
                                  ---------- ----------- -------------
International:
               Company-operated
                Stores (1)           5   103   236   286  1,979  1,743
               Licensed Stores
                (1)                130   123   550   497  3,134  2,584
                                  ---------- ----------- -------------
                                   135   226   786   783  5,113  4,327
                                  ---------- ----------- -------------

Total                              132   615 1,669 2,571 16,680 15,011
                                  ========== =========== =============

(1) International store data has been adjusted for the acquisition of
 retail store locations in Quebec and Atlantic Canada from former
 licensees Coffee Vision, Inc. and Coffee Vision Atlantic, Inc., by
 reclassifying historical information from Licensed Stores to Company-
 operated Stores.

Non-GAAP Disclosure

In addition to the GAAP results provided in this release, the company provides historical non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP earnings per share (non-GAAP EPS), and non-GAAP operating margins, as well as projections for non-GAAP EPS. These non-GAAP financial measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. The GAAP measures most directly comparable to non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP operating margin, and non-GAAP EPS are net earnings, operating margin, and diluted net earnings per share, respectively. Each of the historical non-GAAP financial measures presented in this release excludes costs associated with store closures in the U.S. and Australia as well as the impact of recent head count reductions and costs related to the implementation of the company's transformation strategy recognized in fiscal 2008. Projected non-GAAP EPS for fiscal year 2009 excludes costs associated with store closures in the U.S. and Australia expected to be recognized in fiscal 2009.

The company's management believes that providing these non-GAAP financial measures better enables investors to understand and evaluate the company's current and prospective operating performance. More specifically, management excludes each of those items mentioned above because it believes that these costs do not reflect expected future operating expenses and do not contribute to a meaningful evaluation of the company's current or future operating performance or comparisons to the company's past operating performance. Further, the company believes that providing these non-GAAP financial measures to investors in addition to the related GAAP measures provides investors with greater transparency to the information used by the company's management in its financial and operational decision-making.

These non-GAAP financial measures may have limitations as analytical tools, and these measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the company's results as reported under GAAP. Other companies may calculate non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP operating margin, and non-GAAP EPS differently than the company does, limiting the usefulness of those measures for comparative purposes.

                        STARBUCKS CORPORATION
    RECONCILIATION OF SELECTED GAAP MEASURES TO NON-GAAP MEASURES
                             (unaudited)
                 (in millions, except per share data)

                                   13 Weeks Ended    52 Weeks Ended
                                  ----------------  -----------------
                                  Sep 28,  Sep 30,  Sep 28,  Sep 30,
                                   2008     2007     2008      2007
                                  -------  -------  -------  --------
Consolidated Operating Income and
 Operating Margin
Operating income, as reported
 (GAAP)                           $  14.2  $ 248.0  $ 503.9  $1,053.9
Restructuring charges                99.2        -    266.9         -
Other transformation charges          5.9        -     72.5         -
                                  -------  -------  -------  --------
Non-GAAP operating income         $ 119.3  $ 248.0  $ 843.3  $1,053.9
                                  =======  =======  =======  ========

Operating margin, as reported
 (GAAP)                               0.6%    10.2%     4.9%     11.2%
Restructuring charges                 3.9        -      2.6         -
Other transformation charges          0.2        -      0.6         -
                                  -------  -------  -------  --------
Non-GAAP operating margin             4.7%    10.2%     8.1%     11.2%
                                  =======  =======  =======  ========


Net Income
Net income, as reported (GAAP)    $   5.4  $ 158.5  $ 315.5  $  672.6
Restructuring charges                61.9        -    165.4         -
Other transformation charges          3.7        -     44.9         -
                                  -------  -------  -------  --------
Non-GAAP net income               $  71.0  $ 158.5  $ 525.8  $  672.6
                                  =======  =======  =======  ========

Earnings Per Share
EPS, as reported (GAAP)           $  0.01  $  0.21  $  0.43  $   0.87
Restructuring charges                0.08        -     0.22         -
Other transformation charges         0.01        -     0.06         -
                                  -------  -------  -------  --------
Non-GAAP EPS                      $  0.10  $  0.21  $  0.71  $   0.87
                                  =======  =======  =======  ========



Fiscal 2009 Metrics

                                  Consolidated Comparable Store Sales
                                              Assumptions
                                  -----------------------------------
                                    -2%      -5%      -7%
                                  -------  -------  -------
Projected FY 2009 Earnings Per
 Share
EPS (GAAP)                        $  0.78  $  0.68  $  0.59
Restructuring charges                0.12     0.12     0.12
                                  -------  -------  -------
Non-GAAP EPS                      $  0.90  $  0.80  $  0.71
                                  =======  =======  =======

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