Consumer traffic to restaurants in the United States has flattened, with few signs of an upturn, according to new data from The NPD Group. The Port Washington,
N.Y.-based market research firm found that American consumers made about 61 billion visits to restaurants during the 12 months ended in May 2014, matching year-earlier traffic, and constituting about
1.3 billion annual dining-out occasions below pre-recession levels, NPD found.
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