Starbucks, making more than its share news of late – Chairman Howard Schultz announced his departure from the company, and then opening their restrooms to the public in the wake of the Philadelphia debacle – this week announced that it expects comparable sales to rise just 1% globally for the current quarter and would therefore be closing about 150 US stores next fiscal year. The company has historically only shut about 50 US stores per year. The projected growth of only 1% SSS represents the worst company performance in the past 9 years!