Tax rebates to have slight restaurant effect, survey finds

CHICAGO Nearly one in 10 consumers plans to use the federal government’s economic stimulus checks to indulge in a meal at a nice restaurant, but only 3 percent say the special tax rebates will prompt them to dine out more often, according to a new research report.

The consumer survey by Technomic Inc., the foodservice research and consulting company based here, found that the public is much more likely to save the money or buy groceries than it is to splurge.

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