El Pollo Loco 3Q profit falls sharply

El Pollo Loco 3Q profit falls sharply

Same-store sales rise 0.6 percent systemwide

El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. reported a sharp profit decrease in the third quarter ended Sept. 30, the company said Thursday.

The Costa Mesa, Calif.-based grilled-chicken concept reported that net income fell 81.9 percent to $4.7 million, or 12 cents a share, from $25.8 million, or 70 cents a share, in the same period a year ago. Revenue increased to $88.9 million, compared with $86.6 million.

Same-store sales rose 0.6 percent, including flat growth for company-owned re

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