BJ's 4Q profit surges

BJ's 4Q profit surges

Improved same-store sales, cost cuts, efficiency efforts boost earnings

BJ’s Restaurants Inc.’s profit surged to $8.3 million in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 30, due to cost cuts, restaurant efficiency efforts and higher sales, the company said Wednesday.

Fourth-quarter net income increased from $500,000 the same period a year ago. For the year, the Huntington Beach, Calif.-based casual-dining operator saw net income increase 30.3 percent, to $27.4 million, or 97 cents per share.

BJ’s CEO Greg Trojan said the c

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