Consumers cut back on restaurant spending

Even as the economy appears to be chugging slowly toward a modest recovery, a majority of Americans say they are planning to rein in spending on dining out occasions over the next six months, a new Harris Poll said Tuesday.

The survey, which polled 2,499 adults in November, found that 61 percent of respondents said they are likely to decrease their spending at restaurants.

While that figure remains fairly high, it marks an improvement over a Harris Poll conducted about this time

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