Restaurants project cloudy future even as consumer outlook brightens

Restaurants project cloudy future even as consumer outlook brightens

While restaurant operators continue to express concerns about their growth opportunities in the coming months, consumer confidence appears to have brightened slightly, according to two key economic barometers published Tuesday.

The National Restaurant Association’s monthly Restaurant Performance Index slipped to 99.4 in July, a decrease of 0.1 percent from June. This marks the RPI’s fourth consecutive decline.

In addition, the RPI remained below 100 for the third con

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