Same-store sales and customer traffic

Restaurant operators reported higher same-store sales in March

A majority of restaurant operators reported positive same-store sales in March, as the industry continued its long recovery from dampened pandemic sales levels.

Seventy-five percent of restaurant operators said their same-store sales rose between March 2021 and March 2022, according to the National Restaurant Association’s monthly tracking survey. Ten percent of restaurant operators said their sales were lower in March, while 15% said their sales were about the same.  

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Although customer traffic results were also positive in March, they were not as strong as the sales readings. Sixty-nine percent of restaurant operators said their customer traffic rose between March 2021 and March 2022, while 17% said their traffic declined.

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