Darden sales, profit increase in 1Q

Increased sales at each Darden Restaurants Inc. concept led the casual-dining giant to post a 20-percent hike in profit in its first quarter.

The Orlando, Fla.-based company’s specialty restaurant group, which includes The Capital Grille, Seasons 52 and Bahama Breeze, booked a 12-percent jump in total revenue from increased same-store sales and new unit expansion.

Darden’s largest brands, Red Lobster, Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse reported a blended same-store

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