Texas Expects to Outpace National Restaurant Sales in

AUSTIN, TX (Jan. 13) - The Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) predicts the Lone Star State will lead the country in terms of restaurant sales growth in 2009. Texas’ restaurant sector is expected to grow 4 percent over the next year, according to the National Restaurant Association’s 2009 Restaurant Industry Forecast. Total sales for 2008 are expected to reach $35 billion.

Meantime, national restaurant industry sales are anticipated to reach $566 billion in 2009, with the industry employing 13 million individuals in 945,000 restaurant and food service outlets nationwide. The NRA forecasts that restaurant industry sales will increase by 2.5 percent over 2008.

Texas restaurants will employ more than 1 million Texans next year. The number of restaurant jobs in the state is projected to grow 23.4 percent by 2019, resulting in 1.2 million new jobs, according to the TRA.

“Even in these tough economic times, it is clear that the Texas restaurant industry is the best place to do business in the nation,” says Richie Jackson, TRA executive vice president/CEO. “While our country is coping with the weakest economy in decades, Texas restaurateurs continue to buck the trends and post positive sales and job growth.”

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