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NRA’s Performance Dips Slightly But Remains Positive

The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index remained quite positive in the June survey, details of which were released July 31. The overall index fell half a point to 101.3, mostly on declines in current same-store sales and customer traffic. But the index remains well above the 100 level that signals the difference between industry expansion and contraction. The Current Situation Index fell 0.9 point, and the Expectations Index was flat, a sign that the downturn in sales and traffic has not dimmed operators’ optimism too much. The two capital expenditure indicators did not lose any ground from their post-recession highs in May.

The marker tracking operators that made a capital buy during the last three months held steady at 100.3, only the third month, all within the last four, that this indicator has exceeded 100 since the beginning of the recession. Of those surveyed, 52% reported they made a capital purchase. The component that follows capital purchase plans during the next six months rose 0.4 point to 101.8, its highest mark this year; 59% of operators reported they planned to make a purchase.

The full RPI release and report is available at restaurant.org.

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