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Restaurant Industry Snapshot™ July, 2020

It’s a Mixed Bag of Results for Restaurants in July


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It’s a Mixed Bag of Results for Restaurants in July  

It was good news and bad news for restaurant sales during July. At -15.1% same-store sales, July was the best month for the industry since February. But the bad news is that the pace of that recovery is starting to stagnate. As a comparison, same-store sales growth was -19.0% in June, which translates into an improvement of only 4.0 percentage points in yearoveryear growth. That same monthly pace of improvement for the industry was a much stronger 16 to 19 percentage points during the previous two months. 

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