Restaurant operator confidence declines after rocky September

Restaurant operator confidence declines after rocky September

Soft sales and traffic, government shutdown dampen outlook, NRA reports

Softer sales and traffic levels in September combined with a dampened outlook for the economy caused the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index to decline for the fourth consecutive month.

The RPI, a monthly composite that tracks the health of and outlook for the restaurant industry, fell to 100.2 in September, a decline of 0.3 percent from 100.5 in August. Despite the decline, the index remained above 100 for the seventh consecutive month.

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