Darden 2Q profit nearly flat, sales slip

ORLANDO Fla. Darden Restaurants Inc. reported late Thursday a nearly flat second-quarter profit of $60.3 million, compared with year-ago earnings of $59.7 million. Its per-share earnings remained at 43 cents.

The company’s revenue fell slightly to $1.64 billion for the quarter ended Nov. 29, versus revenue of $1.67 billion in the second quarter a year ago. Domestic same-store sales fell 1.4 percent at Olive Garden, 8.4 percent at Red Lobster and 6.2 percent at

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