NPD: Persistent unemployment tempers hope for recovery

Some observers expect the economy to begin its upswing later this summer, but the restaurant industry is not likely to feel that surge anytime soon, according to The NPD Group.

With total industry traffic continuing to decline and the previously robust morning meal and snack dayparts now falling victim to the recession, restaurants are looking at another six months or more of tough going, said officials of the Port Washington, N.Y.-based market research firm.

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