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Restaurant Traffic Stalls Then Drops

Empty line at a SaladWorks restaurant
Empty line at a SaladWorks franchise (photo/bmm)

After two consecutive quarters of flat-lined consumer visits, U.S. restaurants had a turn for the worse: a decline in traffic during the third quarter of 2016, according to a major foodservice researcher. And if that news wasn't bad enough, for the first time in five years the quick service restaurant sector had a decline in consumers.

Lower Gas Prices Lift Restaurant Traffic

Falling gas prices mean more money to spend, particularly for families and other consumers living paycheck to paycheck, who are finding that they can now better afford eating out.

Deal Visits at Restaurants Grow 2% in 2013

Traffic percentage change versus a year ago
Source: The NPD Group/CREST®, year ending August

CHICAGO — Restaurant visits from discounts increased across all segments in the first nine months of 2013 after declining in 2012.

Restaurant Visits Flat in 2011

NPD Group Crest Report for Quarter ending September 2011
Source:NPD Group's CREST® for quarter ending September 2011

CHICAGO — Visits to U.S. restaurants were flat for the first three calendar quarters of 2011, according to a market research company.

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.

Foodservice Drops Globally in 2009, Shows Some Positive QSR Signs

CHICAGO─The foodservice sector across the world’s major economies saw weaker traffic and consumer spending for most of 2009 says industry researcher NPD Group.

Restaurant Traffic Not Expected to Rebound

Traffic and sales fell in every restaurant segment this summer.