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BJ's 3Q profit jumps nearly 78%

Chain had positive same-store sales for the first time in five quarters

BJ’s Restaurants Inc.’s efforts to re-ignite sales sparked increases in traffic during the third quarter, the company said Thurdsay.

The Huntington Beach, Calif.-based casual-dining operator reported a nearly 78-percent increase in net income for the Sept. 30-ended quarter. The chain had positive same-store sales for the first time in five quarters, driven in part by a 0.7-percent increase in guest counts that was partially offset by a lower average check.

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