Restaurant traffic down in 2009

PORT WASHINGTON N.Y. Consumer visits to restaurants dipped 2 percent for the year ended in September, contributing to flat year-over-year sales for 2009, according to The NPD Group.

The Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD added that it does not expect traffic trends to turn positive until after June 2010.

In comparison, NPD said industry traffic grew by 0.5 percent for the year ended in September 2008 and by 1 percent in the same 2007 period.

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