Casual-dining sector sees sales slip at the end of 2007

Casual-dining sector sees sales slip at the end of 2007

Knapp-Track’s estimate of the casual-dining category’s average same-store sales performance for December is an overall decline of 3.4 percent, making it the worst month of 2007.

By comparison, the sector’s same-store sales grew 0.6 percent in December 2006, that year’s fourth-best month.

As for customer traffic, Knapp-Track estimates that the casual-dining category’s same-restaurant guest counts for December fell 5.6 percent from year-earlier results. Traffic was off 1.7 percent

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