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Trouble Brewing in China for U.S. Coffee Chains

A woman takes a picture of her beverage at a Starbucks coffee shop in Beijing, on May 25. Photo: VCG
A woman takes a picture of her beverage at a Starbucks coffee shop in Beijing, on May 25. Photo: VCG

American coffee chains have been left with a bad taste in their mouths in recent weeks.

While the market has been shocked at the unexpected drop in Starbucks Corp.’s sales in its largest overseas market, they might not have noticed that another chain, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, is quietly hitting the brakes in a market from which it has already retreated once.

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