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Olive Garden owner Darden's quarterly sales rise 7 pct

An Olive Garden restaurant in New York.
Scott Mlyn | CNBC

Darden Restaurants reported a 7 percent rise in sales, helped by higher sales at its Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants.

The company's sales rose to $1.73 billion in the third quarter ended Feb. 22, from $1.62 billion a year earlier.

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Net income rose to $133.8 million, or $1.05 per share, from $109.7 million, or 82 cents per share.

The company's shares were up 6 percent at $68.75 in premarket trading. (Get the latest quote here.)