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Technomic: First quarter sales and traffic fall

Customers paid higher prices at restaurants early this year, but they went out less often, according to the March Technomic Chain Restaurant Index.

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Black Box: Sales rebounded with the weather in March

But traffic remains weak as the industry relies on price to generate sales.

The restaurant industry is expected to grow 3.9% this year, even as real growth remains more modest.

New research shows that a considerable positive impact is felt by restaurants across the board, not just big marketers or operations with a hometown team in the hunt.

Traffic plummeted as a cold and snowy winter hit much of the country.

A look at Technomic data in the Chicago market shows how much the frigid weather hurt traffic.

Same-store sales rose for the sixth straight month, but traffic is still a problem.

Despite some big crowds, more people are staying home to shop this season, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

New research shows America is still on top, but with plenty of challenges.

Forced limitations on what retailers can sell are likely to put more ready-to-eat foods on the menu.