Olive Garden dampens Darden 2Q forecast

Declining sales at the Italian casual-dining chain weigh on restaurant operator

Darden Restaurants Inc. said Tuesday its earnings for the second quarter would be lower than previously forecast, partly due to persistent sales trouble at its Italian casual-dining Olive Garden brand.

Orlando, Fla.-based Darden estimated that same-store sales for the second quarter ended Nov. 27 would be down 2.5 percent at 750-unit Olive Garden, while it expected increases of 6.8 percent at Red Lobster and 6 percent at LongHorn Steakhouse.

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