Fourth quarter may not provide relief

Fourth quarter may not provide relief

NEW YORK As restaurants close out the current third quarter and look ahead to the final months of 2009, many had predicted a fourth quarter of easier comparisons to a year ago and a consumer getting ready to spend more freely, both of which would spark an industry recovery.

It seems they are not so certain of that today.

While fourth-quarter sales and profit performances will benefit from comparisons to a year ago when financial markets first starte

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