Same-store sales and customer traffic

Restaurant operators reported positive same-store sales in December

A majority of restaurant operators reported higher same-store sales for the fourth consecutive month, according to the National Restaurant Association’s monthly tracking survey. 

Sixty-three percent of operators said their same-store sales rose between December 2021 and December 2022, up from 54% who reported higher sales in November. 

Thirty percent of operators said their sales were lower in December, compared to 29% who reported a sales decline in November.         

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Restaurant operators also reported stronger customer traffic readings in December. Forty-six percent of operators said their customer traffic rose between December 2021 and December 2022, up from 24% who reported higher traffic in November. 

Forty-six percent of operators said their customer traffic declined in December, down slightly from 51% who reported lower traffic in November.      

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