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3rd-Q profit dips 15.7% for Brinker

DALLAS Increased labor and food costs, as well as continued weakness in same-store sales, led to a 15.7-percent drop in profit for multi-chain operator and franchisor Brinker International Inc. during its third quarter ended March 28.

The parent company to Chili's Grill & Bar and three other brands earned $54.6 million, or 43 cents per share, compared with earnings of $64.8 million, or 50 cents per share in the year-ago, fiscal 2006 quarter. Excluding special

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