Blast of winter chills Feb. sales

NATIONAL REPORT Restaurant industry bellwethers reported negative same-store sales trends for February, blaming the severe weather experienced in much of the country for their chilled sales.

Applebee's International Inc., CBRL Group Inc. and OSI Restaurant Partners Inc. were the first of many restaurant concerns to report what analysts expect to be weak February sales throughout the industry, especially in the casual-dining segment.

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