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Recent Restaurant Same Store Sales

|Includes:Benihana Inc. (BNHNA), CBRL, DENN, FRS, RT Barrel Net Jumps 38%, Raises Earnings View - FEBRUARY 23, 2010, 8:34 A.M. ET
Same-store sales rose 3% in the retail segment and fell 0.2% in the bigger restaurant segment. The average check size rose 2.1% amid a 2.4% average price increase. Same-store traffic fell 2.3%, but Cracker Barrel said its performance outpaced the industry for the 14th straight quarter.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (rrgb)Reports Earnings for the Fiscal Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 27, 2009 and Announces Governance Changes - February 18, 2010
Company-owned comparable restaurant sales decreased 10.5%.

Denny's Corporation  (denn) Reports Results for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2009 ─ February 17, 2010
Full Year
“Sold eighty-one company restaurants under Denny’s Franchise Growth Initiative (NYSE:FGI); franchised restaurants are now 85% of Denny’s system”
“Same-store sales decreased 3.7% at company units and 5.2% at franchised units.”
“Company restaurant operating margin improved 2.4 percentage points to 14.5% of sales …”
Fourth Quarter
“Same-store sales decreased 6.1% at company units and 7.2% at franchised units “
“Company restaurant operating margin improved 4.5 percentage points to 16.3% of sales”
“Product costs decreased 0.7 percentage points to 23.7% of sales primarily due to the impact of a slightly higher average guest check, strong food waste management and flat commodity costs.”
“Utility costs decreased 0.7 percentage points to 4.3% due to lower natural gas and electric rates.”
“The following financial guidance for full-year 2010 is based on 2009 results and management’s expectations at this time. Company same-store sales of (4.0%) to (2.0%) Franchise same-store sales of (5.0%) to (3.0%)”
Benihana Inc. (bnhna) Reports Total Restaurant Sales and Comparable Restaurant Sales for the Third Fiscal Quarter 2010 ─ Wednesday January 13, 2010
… “comparable restaurant sales for the twelve-week third fiscal quarter ended January 3, 2010” … “were (3.4%)” 
(No Christmas or New Years)
Frisch's (frs) Reports Higher Earnings in the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2010 ─ January 19, 2010
“reported higher earnings for its 12-week fiscal second quarter ended December 15, 2009”
“Net earnings for the quarter increased 6.9%”
"Same store sales at our Big Boy Restaurants decreased a modest 0.4% in the second quarter. The sluggish economy and continuing high unemployment have driven down customer traffic in our restaurants."
"Our Golden Corral restaurants posted a same store sales decline of 3.6% during the second quarter. The recession in the Midwest has had an even stronger negative impact on the sales of our Golden Corrals.”
“The increase in earnings for the quarter in both concepts can mostly be attributed to a drop in food cost.  Earnings were also helped by lower utility costs, offset to a degree by rises in pension and medical plan expenses.”
From the description: “The Company has reported a profit every year since going public in 1960, and paid cash dividends to shareholders every quarter over the same period.”
(No Christmas or New Years)
Ruby Tuesday, Inc. (rt) Reports Profitable Second Quarter and Third Consecutive Quarter of Positive Same-Restaurant Guest Traffic - January 6, 2010
“second quarter of fiscal 2010, which ended on December 1, 2009.”
“Same-restaurant sales at Company-operated restaurants declined 1.7% and those for domestic franchised restaurants decreased 4.7%”
“Same-restaurant guest traffic was up 1.8%, the third consecutive quarter of year-to-year increases”
“Fiscal Year 2010 Guidance … We estimate same-restaurant sales for the year for Company-owned restaurants will be in the range of down 1% to 3%.... The cost of comparable food products is expected to remain favorable compared with the prior year.”
Ark Restaurants (arkr) Announces First Quarter Financial Results - February 12, 2010 - first quarter ended January 2, 2010
“Company-wide same store sales decreased 4.4% compared to the same period last year.”

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