Darden Restaurants Reports 22% Increase in Third Quarter Diluted Net Earnings Per Share; Increases Annual Diluted Net Earnings Per Share Outlook; Announces Quarterly Dividend of 25 Cents Per Share

Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) reported sales and diluted net earnings per share for the fiscal third quarter ended February 28, 2010. In the third quarter, diluted net earnings per share from continuing operations increased 22% to 95 cents, versus 78 cents in the prior year.