Darden details new tactics for tougher times

ORLANDO Fla. Acknowledging that the casual-dining market has softened more than it anticipated, Darden Restaurants Inc. said Wednesday that its casual-dining brands are adjusting in the short term by couponing, tweaking prices and marketing more aggressively. Executives also sketched out more fundamental changes for the company’s flagship Red Lobster brand, including a menu changeover aimed at reeling in lost customers, and for its LongHorn Steakhouse chain, which is

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