As U.S. consumers slowly increased their restaurant visits and spending in the spring of 2012, the restaurant industry notched its first increase in total unit count for chains and independents in nearly two years, according to a new report from The NPD Group. RELATED • Yum: Slowed 2Q growth in China won't hinder expansion • Project Pie to launch with aggressive growth plan • More restaurant industry growth concepts The Port Washington, N.Y.-based market research firm ...

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