Casual-dining giants end a tough week on Wall Street

NEW YORK Some of the largest public casual-dining companies took hits on Wall Street the week of March 12 as two analysts cast doubt on the sector because of low price-point promotions that could eat into margins and possible belt-tightening among consumers in the wake of the sub-prime lending bust.

Securities analysts Joseph Buckley at New York-based Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. and Matthew DiFrisco at Thomas Weisel Partners, also in New York, said margins among t

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