Restaurant spending and traffic increased during the second quarter in the U.S., Canada and China, but economic woes in Europe, combined with poor summer weather, kept customers away there, according to research firm The NPD Group. In its quarterly CREST report, which looks at global foodservice spending and traffic, The NPD Group said the number of restaurant visits in the U.S. during April, May and June was essentially flat, rising only 0.3 percent. However, average check increases ...

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