Knapp-Track estimates that same-store sales for the casual-dining category fell 1.7 percent for March, versus the same month last year, when the sector’s comparable-restaurant sales grew 2.3 percent—the second-highest monthly result for 2006. Same-store guest counts fell by an estimated 3.6 percent for March, more than twice the casual-dining sector’s 1.5-percent traffic decline for March 2006. A final accounting for the March estimates, which are based on weekly ...

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