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19. Darden Restaurants
Darden Restaurants
Fortune 500 rank: 374
2008 revenue: $6.7 billion
2008 total shareholder return: 4.4%

The operator of Olive Garden, Red Lobster and other chains did well last year despite the economy, with revenue up from $5.6 billion in 2007. Analysts view Darden as one of the restaurant industry's best-operated companies.

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