Benihana reports dip in 4th-Q systemwide comps

MIAMI Citing a challenging economic environment, Benihana Inc. said Thursday that its fourth-quarter systemwide same-store sales declined 2.2 percent from a year ago and that total restaurant sales fell 2 percent to $69.8 million.

Benihana blamed the year-to-year drop in total sales on an additional operating week in the year-ago, 13-week quarter, which resulted in an additional $5.5 million in sales. Excluding that week, Benihana’s sales for the 12-week quarter

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