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Darden Restaurants Corrects Dividend Payment Date

March 24, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla., March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A news release issued by Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) on March 21, 2014 included an incorrect dividend payment date. The quarterly cash dividend of 55 cents per share on the Company's outstanding common stock is payable on May 1, 2014 to shareholders of record at the close of business on April 10, 2014.

Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI), the world's largest full-service restaurant company, owns and operates more than 2,100 restaurants that generate over $8.5 billion in annual sales. Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., and employing more than 200,000 people, Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people. In 2014, Darden was named to the FORTUNE "100 Best Companies to Work For" list for the fourth year in a row. Our restaurant brands – Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V's and Yard House – reflect the rich diversity of those who dine with us. Our brands are built on deep insights into what our guests want. For more information, please visit www.darden.com.

SOURCE Darden Restaurants, Inc.: Financial

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