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Bloomin’ Brands works to rebuild sales

Operator focuses on food and remodeling at Outback Steakhouse and Carrabba’s

Bloomin’ Brands Inc. said Tuesday that it expects same-store sales to increase this year despite a 1.5-percent decline in the U.S. during the first quarter, as the company works on sales-building efforts at all four of its casual-dining brands.

“We’ve increased the level of investment in our concepts to grow sustainable [same-store] sales and improve shareholder returns,” Bloomin’ Brands CEO Liz Smith said during the company’s earnings call Tuesda

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