Chains cite more evidence of a tough past month

Restaurant chains continued Wednesday to report weak sales results for last month, with Panera Bread Co. posting just a 1.2-percent systemwide same-store sales gain for the five weeks ended May 29, and Brinker International disclosing a 2.8 percent drop across its various brands for the four weeks concluded May 30.

Although Panera posted a gain, the results were anemic for a brand that typically boasts high single digit increases. The slower sales, coupled with "margin

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