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Restaurant Industry Snapshot™ August, 2020

August Posts Best Sales Results Since February; Industry Still Not Close to Pre-COVID Performance


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*2-year comp sales and traffic (only applies from March 2021)

Restaurant Workforce Turnover

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*Black Box Workforce Intelligence, July, 2020 Release

August Posts Best Sales Results Since February; Industry Still Not Close to Pre-COVID Performance

Restaurant sales have improved every month since May and August was no different. Restaurant sales during August were the best they have been since February when the pandemic was a relatively small, regional threat. However, August’s -12.3% same-store sales growth highlights how much ground the industry still needs to cover before it gets back to its pre-COVID levels, and how long it may take to get there.

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