Starbucks reported 5% like-for-like global sales with a “particularly strong performance in the UK” in Q4 2014.

Food was the major driver of the UK’s success, the coffee shop chain said, with the strategy of up-levelling breakfasts proving a success.

Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) lfl sales mirrored the growth of the global business with a 5% rise. For the company as a whole this was the 19th consecutive quarter of growth of 5% or greater.

Howard Schultz, chairman, president and CEO of Starbucks, said: “I’m pleased to report that our EMEA business has been transformed and turnaround, just as we had promised, and that Q4 represented EMEA’s best quarter in years, with particularly strong performance in the UK, as good as Q4 was we will continue to see the EMEA get even better in the quarters ahead.”

Troy Alstead chief operating officer, said: “For the second consecutive quarter, the UK comparable stores sales growth was slightly higher than the overall segment comp growth for the quarter. A major driver of this increase was food, once again driven primarily by up-levelling our breakfast and lunch platforms.”

The company reported consolidated net revenues up 10% to a Q4 record of $4.2bn with consolidated operating income up to $854.9m.

Starbucks opened 503 net new stores in the quarter, 38 of those in EMEA, ending FY14 with 21,366 outlets in 65 countries. Over the whole year it opened 1,599 news stores, including 171 in EMEA.

For the fiscal year global lfl sales increased 6%, with EMEA up 5%. The company reported consolidated net revenues increased 11% to $16.4bn and consolidated operating income up to $3.1bn.

Schultz described the fiscal 2014 performance as “extraordinary by any metric” and said next year would see the company “continue to invest where it counts most, in mobile commerce, innovation, in the customer experience and the partners who drive it and in the quality of our coffees”.

The company predicted it would open a further 1,650 net new stores next year, with approximately 150 in EMEA. It said it expected revenue growth of 16% to 18% for 2015, including over $1bn in incremental revenue from the acquisition of Starbucks Japan. It said the target for global lfl sales growth was “in the mid-single digits”.