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Brinker International Reports February Comparable Sales


DALLAS, March 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT), announced today February comparable restaurant sales decreased 4.9 percent for the four-week period ending Feb. 28, 2007.

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

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

                       February FY07 February FY07 February FY07
                         Comp-Store   Comp-Store      Price     February FY06
                          Sales        Sales         Increase     Mix-Shift

    Brinker International (4.9%)         1.1%         1.0%         (0.8%)
    Chili's               (5.1%)         2.1%         1.0%         (1.5%)
    Macaroni Grill        (4.1%)        (3.0%)        1.5%          0.4%
    On The Border         (5.5%)         0.6%         0.3%          1.1%
    Maggiano's            (4.1%)         3.8%         0.6%         (0.8%)

February sales results for Brinker were negatively impacted by approximately 1.0 percent due to unfavorable weather during the period.

A recorded message providing February sales will be available beginning Wednesday, March 7, at 4:30 p.m. EST through Wednesday, March 21 by dialing 1- 973-528-0005 and entering pass code 1313. The company plans to release third quarter fiscal 2007 results and March comparable store sales on April 24, 2007.

At the end of second quarter fiscal year 2007, Brinker International either owned, operated, or franchised 1,712 restaurants under the names Chili's Grill & Bar (1,275 units), Romano's Macaroni Grill (247 units), On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina (151 units) and Maggiano's Little Italy (39 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, 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 Laura Conn, Investor Relations

              (800) 775-7290                    (972) 770-5810

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

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