Applebee’s January comps drop 5.8% as bad weather chills traffic

OVERLAND PARK Kan. Applebee’s International Inc. said domestic systemwide same-store sales dropped 5.8 percent for the four weeks ended Jan. 28, versus the same period of a year earlier. The company said severe winter weather negatively affected its results by as much as 1.5 percent.

January same-store sales for corporate units declined 6.6 percent, which reflected an 8-percent drop in traffic and a menu price increase of about 1.4 percent taken during the se

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