Flat traffic triggers decline in restaurant ranks

Flat traffic triggers decline in restaurant ranks

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Flat demand is taking its toll: The total number of U.S. restaurants fell by about one percent from 2014 from 635,000 to just under 631,000 units, according to a count of commercial restaurant locations compiled annually in the spring and fall by The NPD Group.

The biggest losses occurred among independently operated concepts, which dropped by two percent, from 351,433 to 343,652 restaurants. Within that category, full-service independent restaurants fared even worse, shrinking by

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