Cracker Barrel 3Q net income rises 16.8%

Cracker Barrel 3Q net income rises 16.8%

Company saw profit increase despite challenging same-store sales

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. reported Wednesday a 16.8-percent increase in profit for the May 2-ended third quarter, despite challenging same-store sales.

The Lebanon, Tenn.-based family-dining operator’s same-store sales fell slightly, 0.6 percent, with a 2.9-percent decrease in traffic and a 2.3-percent increase in average check.

Sandra B. Cochran, Cracker Barrel’s president and chief executive, said that despite a challenging consumer

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