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Restaurants & the Economy

National Restaurant Association research helps operators understand economic trends that influence customer spending and affect your bottom line.

Helping your business succeed

Our research on economic and demographic trends helps restaurants operators stay ahead of the game. From sales and employment data to commodity prices and consumer patterns, NRA analysis helps you make sense of various economic indicators and what they mean to your business.

Restaurant Performance Index

Released on the last business day of each month, the RPI reports on the health of and outlook for the restaurant industry. Includes details on same-store sales and traffic, business expectations, capital expenditure, staffing, and more.

Restaurant TrendMapper®

The ultimate source for analysis of restaurant industry trends. Stay up-to-date on wholesale food and menu prices, wage and hour trends, sales, and more. Subscription required.

Economist’s Notebook

Regular commentary from the NRA's Chief Economist Bruce Grindy that translates statistics into trends. Includes analysis of business conditions and the key economic indicators that impact the restaurant industry, including sales and employment. 

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