Brinker warns on cautious consumer sentiment

Brinker warns on cautious consumer sentiment

Chili’s and Maggiano’s parent to stick with upgrade strategies to combat expected same-store sales declines

While Dallas-based Brinker International saw modest gains in its first quarter of fiscal 2013, its management noted that same-store sales would trend lower in the second quarter because a “persistently cautious consumer” would likely cut back across the casual-dining segment.

However, the 1,585-unit parent to Chili’s Grill and Bar and Maggiano’s Little Italy expressed confidence that its major initiatives to upgrade facilities and menus would enable it to

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