Report: Casual-dining traffic falls 2.3% in May

Industrywide same-store sales rise during month, according to MillerPulse survey

Restaurant industry same-store sales increased 3.3 percent in May, and margins reached a 12-month high, according to the latest MillerPulse survey.

But traffic at casual-dining chains fell 2.3 percent, the segment’s worst performance since April 2014, as consumers apparently shifted spending to limited-service restaurants.

Indeed, the two segments went in starkly different directions in May. While casual-dining traffic fell 210 basis points, compared with April,

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