The NPD Group is forecasting a modest recovery in restaurant traffic, with 1-percent gains expected in the fourth quarter of 2010 and the first quarter of next year. However, the firm’s researchers say that until the national unemployment rate exhibits meaningful downward movement, a more robust turnaround remains a long way off. “Some of the areas most affected by the recession have stopped declining or are starting to edge back up, like families with kids and non-deal ...

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