Casual-dining restaurants saw their same-store sales decline by an estimated 1.1 percent in February, compared with a 1.7-percent dip in the same month last year, which was the fourth-worst month of 2007. In addition to that 0.6-percentage point improvement in same-store sales, same-store guest counts for casual-dining places fell by 2.9 percent in February, versus a 4.1-percent decline in covers in last year’s second month. The estimates for February 2008 are based on weekly data. ...

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