"While there are signs that suggest an improvement may be on the horizon, the latest figures indicate that the restaurant industry’s recovery has yet to gain a firm foothold,” said Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of research and information services for the NRA, in a press statement.
June was the 13th consecutive month of sales declines for restaurant operators. Only 22 percent of restaurant operators reported a sales gain between June 2008 and June 2009, down from 26 percent who reported a sales gain in May. Sixty-one percent of operators reported a same-store sales decline in June, up slightly from 60 who reported negative sales in May.
In addition, 19 percent of restaurant operators reported an increase in customer traffic between June 2008 and June 2009, down from 22 percent who reported similarly in May. Sixty percent of operators reported a traffic decline in June, compared to 59 percent reporting lower traffic in May.
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