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Restaurants end 2016 on a sour note

This exclusive series to Nation's Restaurant News provides insight into the sales and traffic data from clients subscribing to Black Box Intelligence, a financial performance benchmarking company. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Nation's Restaurant News.

2016 closed on a sour note as December showed the industry’s weakest same-store sales performance in over three years.

The 4.3-percent decline in same-store sales in December reduced fourth-quarter same-store sales results to a 2.4-percent decline, the worst quarter for restaurants in over five years.

This insight comes from data reported by TDn2K through The Restaurant Industry Snapshot, based on weekly sales from nearly 26,000 restaurant units and more than 130 brands

Correction: February 07, 2017
An earlier version of this story included a graphic with incorrect same-store sales and traffic figures. The graphic has been updated.

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