The National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) is a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and the outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry. Launched in 2002, the RPI is released on the last business day of each month.
Latest RPI (released February 28, 2014)
Driven by restaurant operators’ more optimistic outlook for future business conditions, the RPI posted a modest gain in the first month of 2014. The index stood at 100.7 in January, up 0.2 percent from December and the 11th consecutive month above 100, which signifies expansion in the index of key industry indicators.
The Current Situation Index stood at 99.5 in January, unchanged from its December level. Although restaurant operators reported net positive same-store sales, continued softness in the customer traffic and labor indicators outweighed the performance.
The Expectations Index stood at 101.8, up 0.3 percent from December. Operators’ optimism for sales growth in the months ahead is growing, and 64 percent plan to make capital expenditures in the next six months.
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The RPI is measured in relation to a steady-state level of 100. Index values above 100 indicate that key industry indicators are in a period of expansion, while index values below 100 represent a period of contraction for key industry indicators. The Index consists of two components – the Current Situation Index, which measures current trends in four industry indicators (same-store sales, traffic, labor and capital expenditures), and the Expectations Index, which measures restaurant operators’ six-month outlook for four industry indicators (same-store sales, employees, capital expenditures and business conditions).
The RPI is based on the responses to the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Industry Tracking Survey, which is fielded monthly among more than 400 restaurant operators nationwide on a variety of indicators including sales, traffic, labor and capital expenditures. Restaurant operators interested in participating in the tracking survey, contact Bruce Grindy.
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