Restaurant guest counts in the second quarter of 2011 were nearly flat in the United States and the same or worse in most other markets around the world, according to a recent study from The NPD Group. The Port Washington, N.Y.-based market research firm tracked spending and traffic patterns for the foodservice industry across 10 global markets during the period. Total spending increased in every market — except Japan, which continues to recover from the March 2011 earthquake and ...

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