Brinker cost controls aid 3Q earnings

DALLAS Brinker International Inc., parent to the Chili’s Grill & Bar and other casual-dining chains, said cost controls will offset sales slippage to produce improved third-quarter earnings.

For the quarter ended March 25, Brinker expects to earn between 44 and 45 cents per share, excluding special one-time charges, versus 33 cents per share earned in the same quarter a year ago, also excluding one-time items. Full earnings results will be

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