As 2007 gives way to 2008, foodservice operators are bracing for more difficult times ahead as they tally the less-than-stellar results of the past year.Although there were pockets of success, 2007 was a largely dismal year for the restaurant industry, according to new data from The NPD Group, a Port Washington, N.Y.-based global market research firm. For the year ended in September, industrywide traffic growth slowed to 1 percent, down from a 2-percent increase in 2006 compared with ...

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