Buca posts 4th-Q profit of $943,000

MINNEAPOLIS Boasting increased sales and a reduced cost structure, Buca Inc., owner and operator of 92 Buca di Beppo restaurants, swung to a fourth-quarter profit of $943,000, or 5 cents per share, versus a net loss of $6.4 million, or 32 cents per share for the year-earlier quarter.

Total restaurant sales for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31 were $71.5 million, a 13.6-percent increase from the same period a year earlier. The sales boost was driven by a same

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