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.