In what was a tough quarter for the restaurant industry, Bloomin’ Brands reported on Wednesday an overall same-store sales increase of 1.6 percent and a traffic increase of 2.2 percent at domestic company-owned locations during the first quarter. Chief executive Elizabeth Smith said the performance is attributable to strategic planning at the company’s brands: Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, ...

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