NRA: Rising traffic, falling gas prices fuel operator optimism

NRA: Rising traffic, falling gas prices fuel operator optimism

Restaurant Performance Index rises to 102.8 in October

The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index rose in October amid stronger traffic and growing optimism among operators, according to a report released Monday.

The index was 102.8 in October, a 1.8-percent increase from September. It was the 20th straight month the index was above 100, signifying industry expansion.

Lower gas prices appear to be boosting restaurant sales and traffic in the second half of the year. Gas prices have fallen 88 cents a

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