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Brinker International Reports January Comparable Sales


DALLAS, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT), announced today January comparable restaurant sales decreased 4.5 percent for the five-week period ending Jan. 31, 2007.

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

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

                      January FY07  January FY06
                       Comp-Store    Comp-Store    January FY07   January FY07
                          Sales        Sales      Price Increase    Mix-Shift
     International       (4.5%)         6.7%           1.2%          (0.8%)
    Chili's              (4.9%)         7.2%           1.2%          (1.1%)
    Macaroni Grill       (3.9%)         4.6%           1.3%          (0.9%)
    On The Border        (5.4%)         5.7%           0.9%           2.6%
    Maggiano's           (2.2%)         8.2%           1.2%          (1.3%)

Brinker's January sales results were negatively impacted by approximately 1.1 percent due to unfavorable weather offset by a favorable trading day shift for New Year's Day. Additionally, comparability of results was affected by a change in Chili's marketing calendar versus the prior year.

A recorded message providing January sales will be available beginning Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 4:30 p.m. EST through Thursday, March 1 by dialing 1-973-528-0005 and entering pass code 1313. The company plans to release February comparable store sales on March 7, 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.

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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