Restaurant operators' outlook dimmed in July

Foodservice operators were downbeat about their businesses in July, driving the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index to its lowest level in 11 months.

The RPI, a monthly composite that tracks the health of and outlook for the foodservice industry, fell to 99.7 in July, down from 100.6 in June.

A number below 100 reflects a contraction in the NRA’s index of key industry indicators.

“Although same-store sales and customer traffic

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