Foodservice operators remained downbeat about the state of the economy as same-store sales and customer traffic declined in December, according to the National Restaurant Association’s monthly Restaurant Performance Index. The RPI, a monthly composite that tracks the health of and outlook for the restaurant industry, slipped to 99.7 in December, a dip of 0.2 percent from November’s figure. December also marked the third consecutive month in which the RPI remained under 100, ...

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