WASHINGTON New figures from the National Restaurant Association show that 2009 will be another year of contraction in total restaurant industry sales, when adjusted for menu price inflation, albeit at a slower pace than in 2008. Backing out a projected 3.6-percent rate of menu price inflation for the year ahead, total restaurant industry sales are expected to fall 1 percent from 2008 levels to $566 billion, the NRA said Friday. In the current year, sales are forecast to dip an ...

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