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Breakfast Restaurant Visits Rose 3% In 2013 As Lunch And Supper Traffic Fell

Visits to restaurants during breakfast now account for 21% of all restaurant occasions, according to CREST data from The NPD Group, which released meal-period traffic breakdowns for 2013 on March 11.

Breakfast visits jumped 3% last year, the third consecutive year of gains for the meal period, to more than 12.5 billion occasions. In comparison, both lunch and dinner traffic fell 1% each and now account for 34% and 31% respectively of all occasions. Both periods saw 1% gains in 2012. Visits during afternoon snack hours rose 1% in ’13, after falling 1% in ’12, and now account for 14% of traffic. Overall traffic at all restaurants was flat last year, after rising 1% in 2012, the first traffic gain since the beginning of the Great Recession.

Quick-service concepts saw a 4% gain in breakfast visits last year and now account for approximately 80% of all breakfast traffic. QSRs took shares from midscale/family dining concepts, for which breakfast is a key meal period. Traffic fell 3% last year at such concepts.

“Breakfast continues to be a bright spot for the restaurant industry,” said Bonnie Riggs, NPD restaurant analyst, “as evidenced by the number of chains expanding their breakfast offerings and times.”

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