updated 11/12/2010 9:34:28 AM ET 2010-11-12T14:34:28

THE QUARTER: The operator of Wendy's and Arby's lost money in its third quarter, pressured by higher commodity costs and weak performances at both restaurant chains.

THE NUMBERS: Wendy's/Arby's Group Inc. lost $909,000, or break-even on a per-share basis, for the period ended Oct. 3. Analysts expected earnings of 4 cents per share.

THE RESTAURANTS: Systemwide sales at Wendy's open at least a year in North America dropped 1.7 percent, while Arby's reported a 5.9 percent decline. This is important because it measures results at existing restaurants rather than newly opened ones.

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