U.S. restaurant count continues to fall

U.S. restaurant count continues to fall

Independents closed the most locations, NPD finds

The number of restaurants in the United States has fallen by 5,204 units, a 1-percent decline from the total number of eateries recorded in spring of 2009, according to The NPD Group.

Independent restaurants took the hardest hits, while chains kept their unit counts relatively stable, the market research firm’s “Spring 2010 ReCount” found.

ReCount takes stock of domestic commercial restaurant locations twice a year, in the spring and fall. In the fall of 2009,

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