Restaurant operators' optimism grows

NRA performance index rises in December on improved sales and outlooks

Strong gains in same-store sales and customer traffic helped to spark growing optimism among foodservice operators and fuel an increase in the National Restaurant Association’s monthly Restaurant Performance Index in December.

The RPI, a monthly composite that tracks the health of and outlook for the foodservice industry, rose to 101.0 in December, a 1.1-percent increase over its November level. December’s result marks the third time in the past four months that the index h

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