Restaurant Sales Remain Steady

WASHINGTON — Stable restaurant sales through July may indicate an improving industry and a bigger demand for restaurant dining. The National Restaurant Association here pointed to a preliminary U.S. Census Bureau July report indicating that eating and drinking sales were $40.9 billion for the month, a record high that was first reached in June. Overall retail sales for July increased 0.5%. The Census

WASHINGTON — Stable restaurant sales through July may indicate an improving industry and a bigger demand for restaurant dining. The National Restaurant Association here pointed to a preliminary U.S. Census Bureau July report indicating that eating and drinking sales were $40.9 billion for the month, a record high that was first reached in June. Overall retail sales for July increased 0.5%.

The Census Bureau sales numbers were adjusted for seasonal variation, but not for price c

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