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Second Quarter Continues 4 Year Full Service Restaurant Visit Losses

Source: The NPD Group/CREST® and CREST OnSite®, quarter ending June

CHICAGO — Consumers pulled back from visits to midscale and casual dining restaurants in April, May, and June, continuing a four-year streak of visit losses for the full service segment.

Beverage-Only Becomes Growth Opportunity

Source: NPD Group/Expanded Beverage Service, 10/2011-3/2012

CHICAGO — As consumers manage restaurant checks by cutting back on beverages and ordering food-only at main meals, restaurant chains are driving incremental beverage-only occasions at other times during the day through the introduction of new beverages and beverage marketing efforts.

Lots of Morning Eatin’ and Drinkin’

Breakfast at Burger King

CHICAGO — From ages two onwards, American consumers fuel themselves for the day with a variety of eating and drinking occasions from the time they awake in the morning until 11 a.m., according to a recently published morning meal study by a leading market researcher.

Restaurant Chains Grow, Indies Shrink

3 year restaurant unit change
Data: The NPD Group

CHICAGO — The total number of restaurant establishments dropped in the fourth quarter of 2011 from a year earlier says a prominent restaurant researcher.

Denny’s Sees Same-Store Sales Turnaround

Pensacola, Florida Denny's
A Denny's at Pensacola, Florida. photo/Denny's Corp

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Denny's Corporation reported on Wednesday a rise in same-store sales and restaurant locations in 2011. Samestore sales grew 0.7 percent in 2011, a welcome relief compared to a 3.6 percent drop in 2010.

After Three Quarters of Gain, Restaurant Traffic Slides

NPD Restaurant Traffic for Quarter 2, 2011
Source: The NPD Group, quarter ending June 2011

CHICAGO — Restaurant traffic slipped by 0.4 percent this Spring compared to April, May and June of last year.

Supper Traffic Improves

Supper Traffic upCHICAGO — After several years of traffic declines, visits to restaurants at supper increased over the last three quarters, according to market researcher The NPD Group. 

Restaurants to See Flat Growth

CHICAGO — A leading market researcher says that the Great Recession has caused consumers to split into free spenders and cautious spenders. 

Restaurant Traffic Losses Ease at 2010 End

CHICAGO — The good news is that restaurant traffic increased in the second half of 2010. But that's still below were the industry was six years ago, according to the NPD Group.

Restaurants See Families Return

CHICAGO – Families with children are returning to restaurants after a long recess, says a consumer research group. Visits by customers accompanied by children increased one percent for June, July and August of this year compared to a year ago.