Strength at Brinker's Maggiano's chain was attributed to improved customer traffic. Elsewhere in the restaurant sector,
McDonald's ( MCD) reported mixed fourth-quarter results early Monday morning.
McDonald's results are not as impressive as a lot of people have been used to," noted RBC Capital Markets analyst Larry Miller. "We knew that weather was hurting them," he added, referring to adverse weather across the U.S. and in parts of Europe that hurt December sales.