A 7% increase in like-for-like sales has seen Starbucks report record second quarter earnings after the US coffee giant exceeded forecasts. The Seattle-based company made a profit of $217.3m (£141m) in the three months to 28 March. In the same period in 2009, one-off charges meant it made $25m. Starbucks has cut costs and shut hundreds of stores in the past two years and late yesterday posted its first boost to customer numbers in 13 quarters, with revenue rising by 9% to $2.53bn, up from $2.33bn in 2009. The group, which is led by founder, chairman and chief executive Howard Schultz, who returned to the company in 2008, said its sales at stores that have been open for more than a year were driven by a 3% increase in traffic and 4% increase in the average ticket cost. International like-for-like sales also witnessed a 7% hike, driven by a 6% increase in traffic and 1% improvement on the average cost of an item. Starbucks boosted its forecast for the year's adjusted profit, saying it expected to earn between $1.19 per share and $1.22 per share - up from $1.05 per share to $1.08 per share. The company also saw its consolidated operating margin improve to 13.4%, from 1.8%, during the second quarter. Schultz said: “"Starbucks second quarter results demonstrate the impact of innovation and the success of our efforts to dramatically transform our business over the last two years. “Much credit goes to our partners all around the world who continue to deliver an improved experience to our customers. In addition, new products like Starbucks VIA(R), the opening of exciting new stores in Asia, Europe and the U.S., and expanded distribution outside our retail stores all represent opportunities for future growth.”