Same-store sales and traffic took a modest dive in December, but restaurant operators are still optimistic about the months ahead, according to the latest Restaurant Performance Index by the National Restaurant Association. The Restaurant Performance Index, a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry, was 100.5 in December. The 0.6-percent drop compared with November marks the RPI’s first decline in three months. Despite the December ...

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