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DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) _ Wendy's International Inc. raised its 2002 earnings guidance Wednesday, citing strong June and second-quarter sales.

Wendy's said it expected to earn $1.87 to $1.92 a share this year, up from an earlier forecast of $1.85 to $1.90. The company earned $1.65 a share in 2001 on $2.4 billion in revenue.

A Thomson First Call survey of 17 analysts yielded a mean 2002 earnings estimate of $1.90.

The revised Wendy's guidance includes a gain of 1 cent a share from refranchising Wendy's restaurants and a dilution of 2 cents to 4 cents a share related to the acquisition of Fresh Enterprises Inc., the owner and operator of the Baja Fresh Mexican Grill.

The amended earnings range also includes a third-quarter gain of about 2 cents from the proposed sale of Tim Hortons cup-manufacturing business, also announced Wednesday. The sale is expected to generate about $20 million in cash.

Wendy's is selling the cup business to Dopaco Canada Inc. The Tim Hortons restaurant chain will continue to buy cups and lids from the business being sold.

Wendy's is selling operations that aren't considered critical to the company.

The cup business contributed about 1 cent a share to Wendy's in 2001 earnings.

Wendy's company-owned restaurants in the United States open at least a year posted sales growth of 7.3 percent in June compared to last year, and a 6.6 percent increase for the second quarter.

Tim Hortons' U.S. restaurants open at least a year saw June sales rise 12.3 percent, while second-quarter same-store sales increased 13.8 percent. Tim Hortons Canadian restaurants open more than a year posted growth of 10.5 percent for the month and an increase of 9.5 percent for the quarter.

Wendy's attributed its growing sales to its new Garden Sensations salads, Super Value Menu and marketing efforts. It plans to report second-quarter earnings on July 25.

Shares of Wendy's closed at $38.94 Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange, down $1.36, or 3.4 percent.