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Hurricane Irene brings earnings dip, Darden says

Orlando-based

Darden Restaurants

said Tuesday that

Hurricane Irene

will hurt its first-quarter earnings slightly.

The owner of

Olive Garden

,

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and other chains said the storm, which forced some restaurants across the Eastern U.S. to close, will reduce first-quarter earnings by about 2 cents to 78 cents per share.

Darden will report quarterly earnings on Sept. 28.

Sentinel staff

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