Darden Restaurants Inc. said Thursday that very mild winter weather and an earlier start to the Lenten season, when many consumers turn to seafood or vegetarian options, helped drive positive same-store sales at its Red Lobster and Olive Garden chains. The Orlando-based company said blended U.S. same-store sales for Olive Garden, Red Lobster and LongHorn Steakhouse for the third quarter, which ends Sunday, will increase about 4 percent, reflecting gains of 7 percent at LongHorn ...

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