May proves a cruel month for restaurant chains

NATIONAL REPORT The first companies to report May same-store sales results did not have positive news to share Wednesday, as Outback Steakhouse parent OSI Restaurant Partners posted declines at four of its casual-dining concepts, the Applebee's chain recorded continued declines and CBRL Group Inc., operator of 559 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations, also reported a comparable sales drop.

Even quick-service parent company CKE Restaurants I

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