The Cheesecake Factory Inc. reported a 32-percent increase in profit on Wednesday, citing traffic growth that has defied casual-dining trends. Brands such as Buffalo Wild Wings, Chili’s and Maggiano’s have reported negative traffic trends or warned of cautious consumers in reporting late summer results so far. But Cheesecake Factory officials boasted of meaningful gains in traffic for their namesake brand, noting that sales have increased during off-peak shoulder periods of ...

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