Crowds of drooling burger lovers at the Shake Shack in Grand Central Terminal in New York on Wednesday, August 12, 2015.
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Shake Shack, known for its juicy antibiotic-free hamburgers and frozen custard shakes, on Thursday reported higher-than-expected first-quarter restaurant sales, sending its shares up nearly 9%.

The company said the recent launch of its Chick’n Shack sandwich at U.S. stores helped same-restaurant sales rise to 9.9%. That topped average expectations for a 5.3% increase, according to research firm Consensus Metrix.

The New York-based restaurant chain reported a net profit of $1.5 million, or 7 cents per share, compared to a net loss of $12.7 million, or $1.06 per share, in the year-ago period.

Adjusted earnings were 8 cents per share. Analysts on average had expected 5 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

The burger joint’s stock price peaked at $92.86 in May 2015 and has since dropped by more than 63%.

The stock pared gains to about 5% at $36.00 in after-hours trading.

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