Slumping supper traffic the result of more than just economic woes

Slumping supper traffic the result of more than just economic woes

While relentless economic pressures are forcing more consumers to eat their evening meals at home, even after the economy picks back up the dinner hour may still be a lonely time at restaurants.

Dinner traffic has been weak since 2003 and was down 1 percent in the year ended February 2008, after being down 1 percent in the prior year, according to The NPD Group. Factors much bigger and potentially longer-lasting than financial woes are driving the continuing traffic losses at dinnerti

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