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Brinker: 2Q sales rise despite traffic decline

Company reported a 4.2-percent increase in profit for the quarter

Brinker International Inc., parent to the Chili's Grill & Bar and Maggiano’s Little Italy casual-dining chains, reported a 4.2-percent increase in quarterly profit on Tuesday, as same-store sales rose slightly despite dips in traffic.

Dallas-based Brinker reported net income of $37.2 million, or 50 cents per share, for it's second quarter ended Dec. 26, compared to $35.7 million, or 44 cents per share, in the prior year period. Revenue rose 1.1 percent to $689.

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