Optimism on the upswing despite negative results

Optimism on the upswing despite negative results

Even as restaurant operators continue the intense battle for dollars in a gloomy business landscape, several recent indicators point to an economy that is trying to shake off its lethargy.

Data released late last month pointed to slight upticks in such bellwethers as consumer confidence and spending as well as housing starts, although any cautious optimism was tempered by the backdrop of high unemployment, and restaurant sales and traffic trends that remain negative.

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