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Brinker International Reports Lower Same-Store Sales


Brinker International said after U.S. markets closed Wednesday that sales at restaurants open at least 18 months fell 4.9% for the four weeks ended Feb. 28, hurt in part by unfavorable weather.

Brinker shares declined marginally on the news .

The decline came against a 1.1% rise in sales for the same month a year earlier. It also marked the 12th straight month of same-store sales decreases for Brinker, following a 4.5% drop in sales for January.

Same-store sales, a key retail measure, were off 5.1% at its flagship Chili's restaurants, and down 4.1% at Romano's Macaroni Grill, the company said in a statement.

The On The Border chain posted a 5.5% drop in same-store sales, while Maggiano's had a 4.1% decline.

Brinker's stock is up about 19% over the past year.