Restaurant stocks slump as job woes continue

Restaurant stocks slump as job woes continue

NEW YORK Restaurant stocks couldn’t maintain their December and New Year’s rally as more grim economic news, including a December unemployment rate of 7.2 percent, led to a sector downturn for the first week of 2009.

For the week ended Jan. 9, the Nation’s Restaurant News Stock Index fell 5.64 percent, a heavier weekly decline than the Dow Jones industrial index, which dropped 4.82 percent, and the S&P 500

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