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Brinker International Reports April Comparable Sales


DALLAS, May 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT), announced today April comparable restaurant sales decreased 1.2 percent for the five-week period ending May 2, 2007.

Comparable restaurant sales for Brinker and the four brands were as follows:

    Month of April Comparable Restaurant Sales
    April FY07 and April FY06; Percentage

                          April FY07   April FY06    April FY07   April FY07
                          Comp-Sales   Comp-Sales  Price Increase  Mix-Shift
    Brinker International    (1.2)        (2.1)          0.7         (0.1)
      Chili's                (0.7)        (1.6)          0.6         (0.3)
      Macaroni Grill         (2.1)        (4.5)          1.6          0.7
      On The Border          (3.5)        (3.2)          0.4          0.6
      Maggiano's             (1.1)         0.7           0.4         (1.4)

A recorded message providing April sales will be available beginning Wednesday, May 9, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern through Wednesday, May 30 by dialing 1-973-528-0005 and entering pass code 1313. The company plans to release May comparable store sales on June 6, 2007.

At the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2007, Brinker International either owned, operated, or franchised 1,756 restaurants under the names Chili's Grill & Bar (1,318 units), Romano's Macaroni Grill (242 units), On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina (156 units), and Maggiano's Little Italy (40 units).

The statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and, consequently, could be affected by general business and economic conditions, the impact of competition, the impact of acquisitions and divestitures and other strategic transactions, the seasonality of the company's business, adverse weather conditions, future commodity prices, fuel and utility costs and availability, terrorists acts, consumer perception of food safety, changes in consumer taste and behavior, health epidemics or pandemics, changes in demographic trends, availability of employees, unfavorable publicity, the company's ability to meet its growth plan, acts of God, governmental regulations, and inflation.

     Contacts:  Stacey Calbert, Media Relations
                (800) 775-7290

                Laura Conn, Investor Relations
                (972) 770-5810

SOURCE  Brinker International, Inc.
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    /CONTACT:  Stacey Calbert, Media Relations, +1-800-775-7290, or Laura
Conn, Investor Relations, +1-972-770-5810, both of Brinker International,
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CO:  Brinker International, Inc.
ST:  Texas

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