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May 11, 2022

Restaurant Industry Performance Pulse: May 11, 2022

Restaurant Indusatry Performance Pulse

Restaurant Guest Counts Declining Year Over Year

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Data through the week ending May 1, 2022

  • Restaurant sales and traffic growth improved for the second consecutive week, both posting the best results since the first half of March. 
  • Despite the improvements in traffic growth, the industry has experienced nine consecutive weeks of negative same-store traffic growth year over year. 
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  • Average check continues growing at a rapid pace and is a concern for guests who are contending with record-high inflation levels. The industry segments that experienced the largest year-over-year increase in average check during April were family dining, fast casual and fine dining. 
  • The breakfast daypart had the fastest comeback in sales growth year over year during April, outpacing late-night in year-over-year sales growth for the first time since March of 2021. 
  • All regions of the country experienced positive sales growth during April. The top performing regions based on sales growth were New England, California and the Mid-Atlantic. The regions with the weakest sales growth during the month were the Southwest, Texas and the Southeast. 

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