Brinker expects earnings drop in 2nd Q

DALLAS Brinker International Inc., operator or franchisor of 1,827 restaurants, including the 1,383-unit Chili’s Grill and Bar, said Monday that a 2.1-percent drop in blended, corporate same-store sales would lead to a per-share earnings drop of as much as 9 percent for the second quarter ended Dec. 26.

The company said it expected to post earnings of between 30 cents and 31 cents per share from continuing operations, compared with earnings of 33 cents per share

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