Operator pessimism concerning sales growth and the economy deflated the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index in October, driving it to its lowest level in more than a year. The RPI, a monthly composite that tracks the health of and outlook for the foodservice industry, fell 0.9 percent in September, to 99.5 in October. This marks the first time in 14 months the index has fallen below the 100 mark, which reflects a contraction in the NRA’s index of ...

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