Bloomin' Brands: 2013 off to 'choppy' start

Bloomin' Brands: 2013 off to 'choppy' start

Company to focus on improving customer experience at Outback, Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s and Fleming’s

Bloomin’ Brands Inc. saw same-store sales increases at its brands during 2012 but warned of a difficult start to 2013 for the casual-dining segment.

Tampa, Fla.-based Bloomin’ Brands reported a 3.5-percent increase in domestic company-owned same-store sales during the Dec. 31-ended fourth quarter of 2012, driven by a 2.2-percent increase in traffic.

Broken down by brand, same-store sales rose 5.3 percent at company-owned Outback Steakhouse loca

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