NPD: Restaurant traffic levels mixed across the globe

International restaurant traffic was mixed during the third quarter of 2011 as low consumer confidence and global economic troubles kept guest counts weak or negative everywhere but China, according to The NPD Group.

The Port Washington, N.Y.-based market research firm found that only Canada, France, Italy and China increased guest counts for the three months ended in September 2011, compared with a year earlier.

According to NPD’s CREST service, which tracks foodservice t

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