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U.S. restaurant count declines 2%, NPD reports NYstudio/iStock/Thinkstock

U.S. restaurant count declines 2 percent, NPD reports

Chain unit count remains flat while independents decline

The number of U.S. restaurants fell 2 percent, to 647,288 units, from the previous year, according to The NPD Group’s 2017 fall census, the company said Wednesday.

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