Restaurant operators reported higher sales and traffic in January

A solid majority of restaurant operators reported higher same-store sales in January, which came on the heels of mixed results in December, according to the National Restaurant Association’s monthly tracking survey. Sixty-six percent of restaurant operators reported a same-store sales increase between January 2019 and January 2020, while 23 percent reported a sales decline.

A majority of quickservice, casual dining and family dining operators reported higher same-store sales in January.

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Restaurant operators also reported stronger customer traffic results in January. Fifty-two percent of restaurant operators reported an increase in customer traffic between January 2019 and January 2020, while 27 percent reported traffic decline.

Three in four fine dining operators and two-thirds of quickservice operators reported higher customer traffic in January.

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