The holiday shopping season got off to a merry start for restaurateurs as year-over-year foodservice sales during Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday grew at a higher rate than did total sales across all retail sectors, according to First Data. In its “SpendTrend Black Friday 2011” report, payment processor First Data found that restaurant and drinking establishment sales for Nov. 24-25 paid for with credit or debit cards rose 11.7 percent from a year earlier. EARLIER: Restaurant ...

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