Study: Consumers to cut back

Dining out and spending may dip; operators should focus on value, convenience, menu quality to win customers

Consumers say they will likely cut back on restaurant visits in 2012, and spend less money on dining out, a new report by restaurant and foodservice consulting firm AlixPartners LLP finds.

Consumers overall expect their restaurant visits to decline by about 3 percent in 2012, according to the report, from 11.7 monthly visits in last year’s second quarter to 11.3 monthly visits this year.

Most consumers said they were cutting back on dining out for financial reasons, but ma

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