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Darden Restaurants (NYSE: DRI) reported a 60% drop in its second-quarter profit.

Darden's quarterly profit declined to $33.6 million, or $0.26 per share, versus $53.7 million, or $0.40 per share, in the year-earlier period.

Its sales rose to to $1.96 billion from $1.83 billion. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $0.27 per share on sales of $1.96 billion.

Darden projects FY13 earnings from continuing operations of $3.29 to $3.49 per share, versus analysts' estimates of $3.42 per share.

Darden shares closed at $46.81 yesterday.

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