Brinker’s 2-Q profit jumps 23%

DALLAS Brinker International Inc., parent to Chili’s Grill & Bar and other casual-dining brands, said today its second-quarter profit jumped 23 percent mainly on a gain from the sale of restaurants to a franchisee.

For the quarter ended Dec. 26, net income rose to $54.5 million, or 52 cents per share, from $44.2 million, or 35 cents per share, in the same quarter in the prior year.

The company’s latest-quarter net income rose with a $29.2 million gain on the

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