Worldwide comparable store sales increased by 9% during the third quarter at Starbucks, the US-based coffee shop chain revealed yesterday. It said a 6% increase in traffic and a 3% hike in the average ticket price had driven the global increase. US comparable sales were up by 9%, while abroad it said international comparable sales had improved by 6%. It also revealed a 37% rise in quarterly profits to $207.9m (£137m) and revenue rose by 9%. Howard Schultz, chairman, president and chief executive, said: "I'm particularly pleased to report that the significant Q3 increases in store traffic occurred at the same time as we posted the highest levels of customer satisfaction in Starbucks history and despite the challenging global economic environment. “Strong performance is enabling us to deliver record results and increase the dividend to shareholders while continuing to innovate and invest in our businesses." Starbucks in the UK recently revealed widening losses despite a near 4% rise in sales. Accounts for the 12 months to 27 September 2009 showed that losses grew to £9.9m, from £1.9m in 2009 in the UK.