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Restaurants end 2016 on a sour note

This exclusive series to Nation's Restaurant News provides insight into the sales and traffic data from clients subscribing to Black Box Intelligence, a financial performance benchmarking company. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Nation's Restaurant News.

2016 closed on a sour note as December showed the industry’s weakest same-store sales performance in over three years.

Correction: February 07, 2017
An earlier version of this story included a graphic with incorrect same-store sales and traffic figures. The graphic has been updated.

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