ORLANDO Fla. Darden Restaurants Inc. said same-store sales rose between 6 percent and 7 percent at its Red Lobster chain and 3 percent and 4 percent at its Olive Garden concept for the company’s first reporting period of fiscal 2008, or the five weeks ended July 1. The same-store-sales result at the 680-unit Red Lobster reflected a 3-percent to 4-percent increase in both guest counts and check average, Darden said. Red Lobster’s increased check average was aided by a 2-percent to ...

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