4Q preview: Commodity inflation, sales drivers loom large for restaurants

4Q preview: Commodity inflation, sales drivers loom large for restaurants

Analyst: Restaurant companies will need to demonstrate proactive traffic-driving efforts as they reveal fourth-quarter results

Commodity inflation, tepid consumer confidence and onerous year-earlier same-store sales comparisons could complicate public restaurant companies' quests to grow earnings in 2013, according to one analyst's projections.

As a result, restaurant companies will need to demonstrate proactive traffic-driving efforts as they reveal fourth-quarter results, wrote Andy Barish, a San Francisco-based securities analyst with Jefferies & Company Inc., in a research note pre

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