Darden 3Q net jumps 13%

Darden Restaurants Inc. reported a 13-percent increase in net income for the third quarter and raised its full-year guidance for earnings growth, based on positive same-store sales as well as optimism in an improving economy.

For the third quarter ended Feb. 27, Darden generated net income of $151.2 million, or $1.08 per share, compared with earnings of $134.3 million, or 94 cents per share, for the year-ago quarter. Revenue rose 6 percent to $1.98 billion.

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