Darden’s 3Q profit drops as flagships struggle

ORLANDO Fla. Darden Restaurants Inc., one of the nation’s largest casual-dining operators, joined its segment competitors in reporting negative same-store sales at each of its five major brands for its latest quarter, and blamed the difficult consumer environment, bad weather and an unfavorable calendar shift.

The weak sales, along with integration costs from the company’s 2007 acquisition of Rare Hospitality and losses from discontinued operations, led to a

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