Winter weather hurts restaurant sales in Jan.

NRA performance index slips slightly, but outlook remains positive

Operators remained positive about their businesses in January despite severe weather that buffeted restaurant traffic in many parts of the country, according to National Restaurant Associations latest Restaurant Performance Index.

The RPI, a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the foodservice industry, slipped to 100.2 in January, down 0.8 percent from December. Despite the decline, January marked the fourth time in the last five months that the RPI stood

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