Same-store sales and customer traffic declined in September

Restaurant operators reported a net decline in same-store sales for the first time in 23 months, according to the National Restaurant Association’s monthly tracking survey. Forty-two percent of restaurant operators reported a same-store sales increase between September 2018 and September 2019, while 49 percent reported a sales decline.

A majority of quickservice operators reported higher same-store sales in September. However, operators in each of the three tableservice segments reported a net decline in same-store sales.

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In addition to dampened sales results, restaurant operators reported a net decline in customer traffic in September. Twenty-nine percent of restaurant operators reported an increase in customer traffic between September 2018 and September 2019, while 54 percent reported a decline in traffic.

Tableservice operators reported a net decline in customer traffic in September.

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