Panera Bread Co. NASD: PNRA

Company: Panera Bread Co.
Ticker Symbol: NASD: PNRA
Class Period: November 1, 2005 to July 26, 2006
Date Filed: Jan-25-08
Lead Plaintiff Deadline: Mar-24-08
Court: Eastern District, MO
A class action has been commenced in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri on behalf of purchasers of Panera Bread Co. ("Panera Bread") (NASDAQ:PNRA) common stock during the period between November 1, 2005 and July 26, 2006 (the "Class Period").

The complaint charges Panera Bread and certain of its officers and directors with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Panera Bread engages in the ownership and franchising of bakery-cafes in the United States under the Panera Bread® and Saint Louis Bread Co.® names. According to the complaint, throughout the Class Period, the Company highlighted its increasing system-wide sales and, as a result, continuously increased its earnings guidance. Moreover, the Company was rapidly opening new locations throughout the United States. Unbeknownst to shareholders, the Company's aggressive growth strategy was causing the Company to experience declining sales at its existing stores.

Additionally, the complaint alleges that, throughout the Class Period, defendants issued materially false and misleading statements and failed to disclose: (i) that the Company was experiencing negative trends in its business which were causing it to experience rising expenses and slow growth; (ii) that the Company's store expansion strategy was causing the Company to yield a lower return on capital and experience a decline in sales per restaurant as the Company's new store openings began to cannibalize sales from existing stores; and (iii) as a result of the foregoing, defendants lacked a reasonable basis for their positive statements about the Company, its prospects and revenue growth rate.

Then, on July, 26, 2006, Panera Bread announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2006, the period ended June 27, 2006. In response to this announcement, the price of Panera Bread common stock fell $7.34 per share, or approximately 12%, to close at $51.93 per share, on extremely heavy trading volume. Plaintiff seeks to recover damages on behalf of all purchasers of Panera Bread common stock during the Class Period (the "Class").

If you acquired the securities of the defendants during the Class Period you may, no later than the Lead Plaintiff Deadline shown above, request that the Court appoint you as lead plaintiff through counsel of your choice. You may also choose to remain an absent class member. A lead plaintiff must meet certain requirements.

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