Report: Restaurant same-store sales dip negative in January

Report: Restaurant same-store sales dip negative in January

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The restaurant industry experienced a discouraging start to the year as measured by same-store sales growth during January; external factors certainly had an impact.

Same-store sales fell 0.8 percent in January, which was the softest month since the 0.9-percent decline reported for February 2014, and only the second month with negative same-store sales in the last 15 months.