ORLANDO Fla. Darden Restaurants Inc. said Thursday that same-store sales rose between 8 percent and 9 percent at its Red Lobster chain and about 5 percent at its Olive Garden concept for the four weeks ended July 29. The same-store-sales result at the 680-unit Red Lobster brand reflected a 4-percent to 5-percent jump in traffic and a 4-percent increase in the chain's check average, which was aided by a 3-percent price increase, the company reported.Year-to-year traffic improvement was ...
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