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Same-store sales dip 4.5% for Brinker

DALLAS Brinker International Inc. reported a 4.5-percent systemwide same-store sales drop for the five weeks ended Jan. 31, versus a year earlier. The result reflected a year-over-year same-store sales decrease of 4.9 percent at the company’s flagship Chili’s Grill & Bar chain.

Brinker said unfavorable weather negatively impacted January sales results by about 1.1 percent. Additionally, a change in Chili’s current-year marketing calendar versus the prior year hurt results, Brinker said. A year earlier, Chili’s same-store sales had increased 7.2 percent.

At Brinker’s other concepts, January same-store sales slid 3.9 percent at Romano’s Macaroni Grill, 5.4 percent at On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina and 2.2 percent at Maggiano’s Little Italy.

The Brinker system includes about 1,712 corporate or franchised restaurants.

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