Bloomin’ Brands: 4Q sales at core concepts rise 4.2%

Bloomin’ Brands: 4Q sales at core concepts rise 4.2%

Executives remain cautious on casual-dining segment improvement

Bloomin’ Brands Inc.’s four restaurant chains — Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar — reported sales growth in the fourth quarter, executives said Thursday, with same-store sales at the company’s core domestic concepts rising 4.2 percent.

Company officials were reluctant to declare a victory for casual dining, saying it’s too early to tell whether broad improvement in the long-beleaguered sector in recent month

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