Wendy's International, Inc. Announces Third-Quarter Same-Store Sales




    5th Consecutive Quarter of Positive Same-Store Sales

    DUBLIN, OHIO, October 4 /CNW/ - Wendy's International, Inc. (NYSE:  WEN)
today announced preliminary average same-store sales for the third quarter of
2007, which ended on Sunday, September 30.

    Average same-store sales at U.S. company restaurants increased 0.2% for
the quarter, compared to 4.1% during the same quarter a year ago. Year-to-date
average same-store sales at U.S. company restaurants are up 1.5%.

    Average same-store sales at U.S. franchise restaurants increased 1.3% for
the quarter, compared to 3.9% during the same quarter a year ago. Year-to-date
average same-store sales at U.S. franchise restaurants are up 1.8%.

    "We are encouraged by another quarter of positive same-store sales growth
- our fifth in a row - as we continue to successfully execute our strategic
plan and the turnaround of the Wendy's(R) business," said Chief Executive
Officer and President Kerrii Anderson. "We are intensely focused on improving
restaurant operations and enhancing the overall customer experience, and we
look to accelerate our progress.

    "We have initiatives in place to grow sales and profits at every
restaurant in the system," added Anderson. "Our positive performance is due to
the accomplishments of our employees and franchisees who focus every day on
running great restaurants."

    Wendy's third-quarter promotions

    In July, Wendy's introduced its latest premium hamburger, the
Baconator(TM). The Baconator features a half-pound of fresh, never frozen
beef, six strips of hickory-smoked bacon, topped with American cheese, ketchup
and mayonnaise.

    Wendy's in August introduced limited-time offerings at the local-market
level, including its Chicken Cordon Bleu, Monterey Ranch, and Wendy Melt
premium sandwiches.

    In September, the Company promoted its Super Value Menu(R), featuring its
Junior Bacon Cheeseburger and 5-piece Crispy Chicken Nuggets, both
quality-favorites among the younger, price-sensitive consumer.

    Additionally, Wendy's "Red Wig" marketing campaign continued to break
through with targeted younger customers who frequent quick-service
restaurants.

    Wendy's to feature its Super Value Menu and Combo Choices in the fourth
quarter

    In October, Wendy's continues to promote its Super Value Menu. Also this
month, the Company will promote its Combo Choices, allowing customers to
mix-and-match their favorite sandwich, drink and choice of a side item. Side
items available in a Wendy's Combo meal include fries, a baked potato, side
salad, Caesar side salad, chili, low-fat yogurt with granola, or Mandarin
oranges - at no extra cost.

    Wendy's continues expansion of its new breakfast menu

    The Company has completed the roll-out of its new breakfast menu to more
than 750 restaurants, of which 40% are franchised locations. The Frescuit(TM),
Wendy's top-selling breakfast sandwich, is made with a "fresher biscuit"
that's baked in the restaurants daily. In addition, breakfast values,
including the Sausage & Egg Burrito, and Wendy's new proprietary coffee -
Custom Bean(TM) by Folgers Gourmet Selections(TM) - are proving popular with
Wendy's customers.

    
    Preliminary Third-Quarter Same-Store Sales Summary

                            3Q 2007         3Q 2006          2007 YTD
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    U.S. Company             0.2%            4.1%              1.5%
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    U.S. Franchise           1.3%            3.9%              1.8%
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    

    
    Monthly Same-Store Sales Summary for July, August and September

                   Jul 2007 Jul 2006 Aug 2007 Aug 2006 Sept 2007 Sept 2006
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
     U.S. Company    0.1%     3.6%     0.9%     4.7%     -0.2%     4.3%
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    U.S. Franchise   1.3%     3.2%     2.0%     4.5%     0.7%      4.2%
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    

    Company plans third-quarter disclosure

    Management plans to release its 2007 third-quarter results after the
market closes on October 25, 2007. A conference call and webcast to discuss
the Company's results will be held at 8:00 a.m. ET on October 26, 2007. The
dial-in number is (877) 572-6014 (U.S. and Canada) or (706) 679-4852
(International). A simultaneous webcast will also be available at
www.wendys-invest.com. The call will also be archived at that site.

    Safe Harbor statement

    Certain information in this news release, particularly information
regarding future economic performance and finances, and plans, expectations
and objectives of management, is forward looking. Factors set forth in our
Safe Harbor under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, in
addition to other possible factors not listed, could affect the Company's
actual results and cause such results to differ materially from those
expressed in forward-looking statements. Please review the Company's Safe
Harbor statement at http://www.wendys-invest.com/safeharbor.

    Wendy's International, Inc. overview

    Wendy's International, Inc. is one of the world's largest and most
successful restaurant operating and franchising companies.

    Wendy's recently received brand, food and operations accolades from:

    --  Zagat Survey(R), a leading global provider of consumer survey
content, which recently named Wendy's as having the best hamburgers in the
quick-service restaurant industry. In addition, Wendy's ranked first among
quick-service "mega-chains" (i.e., those with at least 5,000 outlets) for
food, facilities and popularity.

    --  This year's American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) survey,
produced by the University of Michigan's Stephen M. Ross Business School,
ranked Wendy's in the top spot for customer satisfaction in the "limited
service restaurants" category.

    --  QSR(R) Magazine's 2007 Consumer Survey recently rated Wendy's as
consumers' favorite quick-service restaurant (QSR) for the second-straight
year.

    More information about the Company is available at www.wendys-invest.com.




For further information:

For further information: Wendy's International, Inc. INVESTOR CONTACTS:
Marsha Gordon, 614-764-3019 or marsha_gordon@wendys.com Kim Messner,
614-764-6796 or kim_messner@wendys.com or MEDIA CONTACT: Denny Lynch,
614-764-3553 or denny_lynch@wendys.com

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