Mintel: Consumers Cut Restaurant Spending

CHICAGO — New research by Mintel shows consumers are still keeping a watchful eye on their discretionary spending especially when it comes to eating out in a restaurant.

CHICAGO — New research by Mintel shows consumers are still keeping a watchful eye on their discretionary spending especially when it comes to eating out in a restaurant.

A full 63% of respondents said "it’s too expensive to eat out regularly," and 24% said they plan to spend less at restaurants this year than they did in 2010.

While 10% said they’d spend more in restaurants than they did last year, 66% will keep the status quo, they said, spending the same amount in res

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