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Restaurant Industry Snapshot™ May, 2021

Check Growth Lifts Restaurant Sales; Traffic Far from Recovering


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Industry Comp Sales & Traffic

Comp Sales


Comp Traffic


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

Restaurant Workforce Turnover

Manager Turnover*

Q2 '21
Roll 12

Hourly Turnover*

Q2 '21
Roll 12
*Black Box Workforce Intelligence, April, 2021 Release

Check Growth Lifts Restaurant Sales; Traffic Far from Recovering  

*Please note, unless otherwise indicated,
numbers are reported using 2-year metrics

After three consecutive months of sales stronger than they were back in 2019, the restaurant industry’s recovery from the pandemic remains solid. Thankfully, this recovery came much faster than initially expected. Same-store sales growth was +5.4% during May on a 2-year basis. While robust, sales growth dropped 1.6 percentage points from the results posted in April. 

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The Black Box Intelligence Restaurant Industry Snapshot™ includes: industry leading financial performance metrics including sales and traffic from the largest set of real restaurant data at the region and market level. This monthly update also includes workforce trends, as well as expert commentary from Black Box Intelligence analysts. Each update provides context around economic conditions, regional benchmarks and a look at what’s to come.

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