NRA: Restaurant Performance Index shows improvement

Increased same-store sales, traffic drive index above 100 points, indicating industry health

Stronger same-store sales and customer traffic helped propel the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index above 100 in September — the first time in three months, the NRA said.

The RPI, a monthly composite that tracks the health of and outlook for the foodservice industry, rose to 100.1 in September, up 0.7 percent from August and its highest level since June.

A number above the benchmark 100 reflects expansion in the key industry indicators.

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