Chipotle sales plummet 22 percent after E. coli outbreak in nine states

December 9, 2015 4:59 AM

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NEW YORK (AP) – Chipotle said Friday that an outbreak of E. coli linked to its restaurants sent sales plummeting by as much as 22 percent in recent weeks and that it could no longer reasonably estimate sales for next year.

The Denver-based chain said in a regulatory filing that sales trends have been "extremely volatile" since it closed restaurants in Oregon and Washington in early November as a result of the outbreak.

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