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Bloomin' Brands: Traffic-boosting efforts drove 3Q sales gains

Company reported same-store sales increases across Outback, Fleming's, Carrabba's and Bonefish brands

In a call to analysts Thursday, Bloomin’ Brands Inc. officials reported positive same-store sales increases across all brands in the third quarter, saying traffic-boosting efforts — such as the addition of lunch at Outback Steakhouse — are driving better-than-expected results.

As a result, the Tampa-based company upgraded its outlook for the full year, saying blended same-store sales are expected to rise 3 percent at company-owned domestic locations, with reven

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