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Here's How Wendy's and Arby's Escaped the U.S. Fast-Food Recession

Wendy's (WEN) and Arby's have developed a recipe that has allowed each to escape a supersized sales slowdown gripping the U.S. fast-food industry this year.

In short, it's all about the new premium priced sandwich consumers can't seem to resist trying.

Wendy's reported Wednesday its third-quarter earnings came in at 11 cents a share, beating analyst estimates for 10 cents a share. Same-store sales in North America rose 1.4%, surpassing Wall Street estimates for an increase of 0.9%. Wendy's sales were buoyed by...