Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. reported Wednesday a 16.8-percent increase in profit for the May 2-ended third quarter, despite challenging same-store sales.

The Lebanon, Tenn.-based family-dining operator’s same-store sales fell slightly, 0.6 percent, with a 2.9-percent decrease in traffic and a 2.3-percent increase in average check.

Sandra B. Cochran, Cracker Barrel’s president and chief executive, said that despite a challenging consumer environment, the company’s “field teams focused on controlling costs and preserving our operating margins.”

Cracker Barrel owns and operates 627 restaurant-retail stores in 42 states.
 

3Q NET INCOME

Result: $28.7 million, or $1.20 per share
% Increase: 16.8% (from $24.6 million, or $1.02 per share)

3Q REVENUE

Result: $643.3 million
% Increase: 0.5% (from $640.4 million)

3Q SAME-STORE SALES

% Decrease restaurant sales: 0.6%


% Increase retail sales: 0.9%


Source: Company report



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