Brinker profit down, Chili's sales up in 4Q

A Heard on the Call report following earnings

Consumer-oriented initiatives at Chili’s Grill & Bar, the flagship brand of Brinker International Inc., continued to drive sales and traffic at the casual-dining chain, Brinker executives said Thursday.

Although same-store sales increased in the fourth quarter ended June 29, Brinker reported that profit fell 34 percent, with the prior-year period benefiting from an additional operating week. Brinker also owns the Maggiano’s Little Italy brand.

Brinker said it ear

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