Casual-dining slowdown continues into March

Casual-dining slowdown continues into March

NATIONAL REPORT The negative sales trends many restaurant companies reported in February have continued into March - not only because of winter weather, but also because of weaker consumer confidence, analysts said - and have led to first-quarter top line and bottom line misses at some restaurants chains.

The industry remains split, however, between healthy quick-service brands that are benefiting from consumers' attraction to new menu offerings and lower prices

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