Restaurants' traffic gain best in four years

Restaurants' traffic gain best in four years

NPD analyst says warm weather boosted restaurant traffic in the first quarter of 2012

U.S. consumers increased their number of visits to restaurants and foodservice outlets by 1 percent in the first three months of 2012, the strongest traffic gain since spring 2008, according to The NPD Group.

The Port Washington, N.Y.-based market research firm also found that American consumers increased spending at restaurants by 3 percent in the first quarter, with more than half of that gain coming from an uptick in industrywide average check.

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