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Restaurants see weakest quarter in years in 1Q

Same-store sales and traffic fell again in the first quarter, but there are some bright spots

The restaurant industry did not get off to a good start in 2017, according to the latest MillerPulse survey

“The first quarter was the worst quarter in seven years,” said Larry Miller, co-founder of the survey.

Same-store sales fell 0.4 percent in March, the fourth straight decline and the ninth decline in the past 10 months. Traffic declined 2.5 percent, the 13th straight monthly drop.