Restaurants May Enjoy Minimal 2010 Gains

After a very difficult 2009, the U.S. restaurant industry is expected to be on the mend this year, according to the National Restaurant Association's annual industry forecast. The report projects sales of $580 billion for the restaurant and foodservice sector during the coming year, up 2.5% from 2009. Although this figure would represent a new sales record for the industry, it would also

WASHINGTON — After a very difficult 2009, the U.S. restaurant industry is expected to be on the mend this year, according to the National Restaurant Association's annual industry forecast.

The report projects sales of $580 billion for the restaurant and foodservice sector during the coming year, up 2.5% from 2009. Although this figure would represent a new sales record for the industry, it would also represent an inflation-adjusted decline of 0.1% for the year, after declines o

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