Declines in same-store sales and customer traffic levels helped push the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index for November below 100 for the first time in three months. The RPI fell to 99.9 in November, a decline of 0.8 percent from October. But while a number below 100 signifies contraction in the index of key foodservice business indicators, the NRA said the slippage doesn’t automatically herald another downward slide for the industry. “While the ...

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