>>10 Restaurant Stock Winners of 2010 Total revenue rose 6.2% to $290.5 million in the November period, up from $273.5 million in the second quarter last year. Ruby Tuesday said comparable same-store sales rose 4.2% year-over-year, and that its operating margin swelled to 15.1% in the latest quarter from 13.7% last year. The same-store sales figure refers to sales at stores open at least one year and is a closely watched metric in the restaurant industry. Ruby Tuesday shares surged 9.6% to $15.35 in the first minutes of trading Thursday. The stock closed Wednesday at $14.01, up 9 cents, on volume of around 785,000 compared with average daily trading volume of 468,000. Ruby Tuesday's stock is coming off a stellar 2010 when it appreciated more than 80%. For its current fiscal year ending in May, Ruby Tuesday forecast same-store sales coming in between flat and up 2% with earnings per share expected to range from 76 to 86 cents per share. Wall Street's current consensus estimate is for full-year earnings of 86 cents per share. >>Restaurant Stocks: Earnings to Watch
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