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After a 5.3% rise in Olive Garden comps, Darden Restaurants plans to escalate the talent war

The casual-dining superpower says it will focus as much on recruiting and keeping employees as it will on drawing customers.

Financing

Credit card companies agree to a $6.2B swipe-fee settlement

But restaurants and other merchants will only see compensation, not a change in controversial policies and practices.

The addition of a "Jurassic Park"-themed VR game failed to pull the chain out of its sales and traffic slide.

The company said that its same-store sales and traffic increased over the summer.

Weak sales, failed refranchising and costs from a gift card program all contributed to the chain’s financial struggles.

The casual chain acknowledges it was surprised by the drop-off in dining room business, and suggests much of it was self-inflicted.

In this week’s podcast, Howard Penney talks industry sales challenges, and a look at some concepts that could be the next big thing.

The brand is exploring ways of benefiting from legalized sports betting, but not in a manner that will blur its image, officials say.

The company reported its second-straight profitable quarter.

RCI is building an empire of gentlemen’s clubs and breastaurants. And the strategy is paying off.