RESTAURANTS SEE GROWTH DESPITE CHALLENGES

WASHINGTON -- The restaurant industry anticipates that 2005 will mark its 14th consecutive year of real growth, with sales increasing $22.3 billion to $476 billion, said executives from the National Restaurant Association here in their annual "Restaurant Industry Forecast."Quick-service restaurants are expected to grow 2%, from $128 to $134 billion in sales. Despite challenges posed by competition,

WASHINGTON -- The restaurant industry anticipates that 2005 will mark its 14th consecutive year of real growth, with sales increasing $22.3 billion to $476 billion, said executives from the National Restaurant Association here in their annual "Restaurant Industry Forecast."

Quick-service restaurants are expected to grow 2%, from $128 to $134 billion in sales. Despite challenges posed by competition, food costs and the economy, 75% of respondents expected 2005 to be a significantly bet

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