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NRA forecasts challenging new year

WASHINGTON New figures from the National Restaurant Association show that 2009 will be another year of contraction in total restaurant industry sales, when adjusted for menu price inflation, albeit at a slower pace than in 2008.

Backing out a projected 3.6-percent rate of menu price inflation for the year ahead, total restaurant industry sales are expected to fall 1 percent from 2008 levels to $566 billion, the NRA said Friday. In the current year, sales are

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