WASHINGTON Foodservice sales in the United States will grow at a slower rate of 4.4 percent during 2008, or just under 1 percent in inflation-adjusted or “real” terms, the National Restaurant Association forecast in its comprehensive outlook for the year ahead, released here this morning. That predicted rate would fall well below the association’s projected 2007 real growth of 2.1 percent, and the 3.5-point gap between the real and nominal figures for 2008 — a discrepancy usually attributed ...

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