NPD: Number of restaurants falls in 2014

NPD: Number of restaurants falls in 2014

Restaurant chain unit count rises, while independent population shrinks, census finds

The number of restaurant chain locations is on the rise, while the independent restaurant population is shrinking, according to global information company The NPD Group.

The overall number of restaurants in the country fell 1 percent last year, to 630,964 units, from 635,033 a year earlier, between Sept. 30, 2013, and the same date in 2014, according to ReCount, the restaurant census that NPD conducts each spring and fall.

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