Same-store sales and customer traffic

Restaurant operators reported positive same-store sales in July

For the first time in 3 months, a majority of restaurant operators reported positive same-store sales, according to the National Restaurant Association’s monthly tracking survey. 

Fifty-nine percent of operators said their same-store sales rose between July 2022 and July 2023. That was up from roughly half of operators who reported higher sales in May and June. 

Thirty-five percent of operators said their sales were lower in July, down from 40% who reported a sales decline in June.               

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In contrast to the positive sales results, customer traffic readings were mixed. Thirty-five percent of operators said their customer traffic rose between July 2022 and July 2023, while 41% reported a traffic decline. 

That represented the fourth consecutive month in which restaurant operators reported a net decline in customer traffic. 

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