U.S. restaurant industry same-store sales rose 4.2% in March, compared with 4.3% gain in February, survey says; restaurant operator outlook improves to its highest level as operators expect strong April

LOS ANGELES , April 18, 2012 () – According to the latest NRN-MillerPulse survey, U.S. restaurant industry same-store sales in March rose 4.2%, compared with a 4.3% gain in February, Nation’s Restaurant News reported April 17.

However, according to the survey, operator outlook improved to its highest level as restaurant operators expect a strong April.

Quick-service restaurants hit an all-time survey high with a 6.9% increase, compared with the previous record of 6% set in the previous month. Full-service restaurants reported a 1.2% gain in same-store sales in March compared with a 2.3% gain in February. Fine-dining brands rose 5.6%, while casual-dining brands increased 0.4%.

According to the survey, 32% of all operators surveyed expect sales to be better in April than they were in March.

The primary source of this article is Nation’s Restaurant News, New York, New York, on April 17, 2012.

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