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DALLAS-Brinker International Inc.’s profit for thefourth quarter fiscal 2005 declined 22% to $49.8million, or 55 cents per diluted. The companyattributes the decline to a $15.9 million chargerelated to accounting and a $6.6 million charge fromthe closure of 15 restaurants occurred during thequarter.

However, if the one-time charge were excluded,Brinker’s profit would have grown 8% to 71 cents pershare. Analysts surveyed by Thomson First Callexpected quarterly earnings of 70 cents a share.

During the quarter, the company, which operatesChili’s Bar & Grill among other restaurant concepts,saw revenues increase 2.3% to $1.04 billion comparedto $1.02 billion for the same period last year.

These company attributes the revenue gain to newrestaurants and a 3.7% increase in comp-store salesfor all Brinker concepts. During the fourth quarter,Brinker opened 44 restaurants, bringing the totalnumber to of restaurants to 1,588 worldwide.

During the quarter, comp-store sales increased 4.2% atChili’s; 0.9% at Romano’s Macaroni Grill; 4.4% On theBorder Mexican Grill & Cantina; and 2.8% at Maggiano’sLittle Italy.

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