Despite a first-quarter decrease in traffic, the restaurant industry in the United States recorded a 1.7-percent increase in total consumer spending for the first three months of the year, lagging the growth of many other major markets, The NPD Group found. The Port Washington, N.Y.-based market research firm also said the growth in total spending at U.S. restaurants came from an increase in the industry-wide average check to $6.62 per person, offsetting a total first-quarter decline in ...

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