WASHINGTON The National Restaurant Association’s monthly Restaurant Performance Index hit a 22-month high in December, driven by improving sales and traffic trends, as well as operator optimism that hit its highest level in two years. The NRA’s index, or RPI, is a composite look at the industry’s health based on operator results and monthly surveys. It tracks restaurant industry same-store sales, traffic, labor and capital expenditures, and is based on a 100-point scale, with results above ...

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