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“The Restaurant Industry Snapshot” for the month of April is reporting that actual restaurant sales and guest traffic in 115 DMAs, or designated market areas, has improved versus March, but still remains slow compared to the previous six months.
This information is consistent with the “Restaurant Willingness to Spend Index” from our partner Consumer Edge Research. That index remained flat in April, compared with March, and was lower than the preceding 3 months when the industry seemed to be rebounding with encouraging positive comparable sales and improving traffic. Industry employment through March, as measured through our sister company, People Report, and its “Human Capital Index,” shows job creation continues and management retention is positive, but there is a slight increase in employee turnover.