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Is your restaurant keeping up with the competition?

How does your restaurant compare to your peers on key metrics like same-store sales and customer traffic? The National Restaurant Association offers a simple way to access operating data points for comparison – take a 5-minute survey.

Each month, the NRA conducts its Restaurant Industry Tracking Survey among restaurant operators nationwide to track trends in key indicators. The results (which are anonymous and only used for aggregate data) are the base for the monthly Restaurant Performance Index, which is widely used to gauge trends in the industry. All respondents who complete the one-page, online survey receive exclusive, free access to the detailed results not included in the RPI, broken out by industry segment, type of ownership and state/region.

For example, 30 percent of restaurant operators reported higher same-store sales in August, while 53 percent reported a sales decline. Fast casual (47 percent) and quickservice (46 percent) operators were much more likely than their tableservice counterparts to register sales gains in August.

The survey asks about same-store sales and customer traffic levels, staffing and employee hours, capital expenditures, food costs and menu prices.

Restaurant operators: Take the survey now, and start tracking how your business compares to similar restaurants on a monthly basis

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