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Facts at a Glance

  • $683.4 billion: Restaurant industry sales.
  • 3.6%: Restaurant industry sales increase in nominal terms.
  • 1.2%: Restaurant industry sales increase in real (inflation-adjusted) terms.
  • 990,000: Restaurant locations in the United States.
  • 13.5 million: Restaurant industry employees.
  • 10%: Restaurant workforce as part of the overall U.S. workforce.
  • 47%: Restaurant industry share of the food dollar.
  • Eight in 10: Restaurant owners who started their industry careers in entry-level positions.
  • Nine in 10: Salaried restaurant employees who started as hourly workers.
  • Nine in 10: Restaurants with fewer than 50 employees.
  • Seven in 10: Restaurants that are single-unit operations.

View 2014 Pocket Factbook View 2014 Forecast Summary

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