Rapidly growing to-go orders at Olive Garden helped parent company Darden Restaurants Inc. easily outperform the casual-dining segment in the first quarter ended Aug. 28, the company said Tuesday.
Same-store sales at the Orlando, Fla.-based company’s seven brands rose a cumulative 1.3 percent in the first quarter, a 340-basis-point outperformance of its casual-dining peers.
The flagship Olive Garden brand led the charge, with same-store sales rising 2 percent in the
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