Softer sales and traffic levels in September combined with a dampened outlook for the economy caused the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index to decline for the fourth consecutive month. The RPI, a monthly composite that tracks the health of and outlook for the restaurant industry, fell to 100.2 in September, a decline of 0.3 percent from 100.5 in August. Despite the decline, the index remained above 100 for the seventh consecutive month. “The ...

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