Darden 2Q net falls 28% on soft sales

Darden 2Q net falls 28% on soft sales

Darden Restaurants Inc. said disappointing sales at Olive Garden, as well as increased commodity costs, contributed to a 28-percent year-over-year decline in second-quarter profit.

Management of the Orlando, Fla.-based company, which operates Olive Garden, Red Lobster, LongHorn Steakhouse and several other restaurant brands, said they intended to make bolder moves at the Italian casual-dining chain to stem declines in same-store sales.

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