Same-store sales and customer traffic

Restaurant operators reported softer same-store sales in December

A majority of restaurant operators reported higher same-store sales in December, though results were somewhat softer than November’s readings. 

Fifty-one percent of operators said their same-store sales rose between December 2022 and December 2023, according to the National Restaurant Association’s monthly tracking survey. That was down from 58% of operators who reported higher sales in November. 

Forty percent of operators said their sales were lower in December, up from 32% who reported a sales decline in November.                

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In contrast to the positive sales results, restaurant operators reported a net decline in traffic for the ninth consecutive month. 

Thirty-four percent of restaurant operators said their customer traffic rose between December 2022 and December 2023, while 51% reported a traffic decline. 

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