'Black Friday' spending fuels restaurant sales

Restaurants benefited from bargain-hungry consumers on “Black Friday” when spending growth as tracked by credit and debit card purchases surged back to pre-recession levels, according to First Data’s “SpendTrend: Black Friday” report.

The Atlanta-based global payment processor said card spending grew 9.6 percent at restaurants on Nov. 26 — the Black Friday shopping holiday when retailers offer their most aggressive deals of the year —

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