Bruised optimism for foodservice industry

The NRA’s Restaurant Performance Index dropped below 100, signaling the contraction of key indicators

Impacted by declining same-store sales and customer traffic levels, foodservice operators were less upbeat about their businesses in May, pushing the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index below the 100 mark for the first time in six months.

The RPI, a monthly composite that tracks the health of and outlook for the foodservice industry, slipped to 99.9 in May, a decrease of 1.0 percent from its April level.

A number below 100 reflects a contraction

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