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The charts attached below show casual dining restaurants’ exposure to the better and worse performing regions of the U.S. relative to the national average from a comparable sales growth perspective in August and September 2008. For reference, in September, none of the regions had positive comparable sales growth so the outperformance and underperformance is relative to the average 4.1% same-store sales decline. CHUX, CPKI and RUTH have the most exposure to the underperforming regions of the U.S. while SNS and TXRH have the highest proportion of their restaurants located in the better performing regions.