Same-store sales and traffic inched up in April, driving a slight 0.3-point increase in the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index, or RPI. The RPI rose to 101.7 in April, from 101.4 in March, and the highest level since May 2013. The monthly composite index tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry and has remained above 100 for 14 consecutive months, which signifies a period of expansion. “The recent rise in the RPI was ...

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