Restaurant operators reported lower same-store sales in February

Same-store sales declined for the 12th consecutive month in February, according to the National Restaurant Association’s monthly tracking survey. Only 18% of restaurant operators reported a same-store sales increase between February 2020 and February 2021, while 77% reported lower sales.

As has been the case throughout the pandemic, limited-service operators were significantly more likely than fullservice operators to report higher same-store sales in February.

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A strong majority of restaurant operators continued to report negative customer traffic in February. Only 11% of restaurant operators said their customer traffic increased between February 2020 and February 2021, while 83% reported a traffic decline.

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