Texas Roadhouse

Texas Roadhouse profits surge

Lower costs and higher sales generate higher margins

Higher sales and lower beef costs kept profits flowing at Texas Roadhouse Inc. last quarter.

Net income in the quarter ended Sept. 27 increased nearly 25 percent to $25.7 million, or 36 cents per share, from $20.5 million or 29 cents in the same period a year ago.

Same-store sales rose 3.4 percent at company restaurants in the period, thanks mostly to higher traffic at the Louisville-based chain. Executives said that same-store sales are up 3.8 percent so far in the fourth

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