Report: U.S. restaurant spending rises 1.7% in 1Q

Report: U.S. restaurant spending rises 1.7% in 1Q

Average check gains offset traffic decline, but U.S. trails global growth

Despite a first-quarter decrease in traffic, the restaurant industry in the United States recorded a 1.7-percent increase in total consumer spending for the first three months of the year, lagging the growth of many other major markets, The NPD Group found.

The Port Washington, N.Y.-based market research firm also said the growth in total spending at U.S. restaurants came from an increase in the industry-wide average check to $6.62 per person, offsetting

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