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Restaurant Industry Snapshot™ August, 2021

Restaurant Sales and Traffic Post Worst Results Since May


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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*

Q3 '21
Roll 12

Hourly Turnover*

Q3 '21
Roll 12
*Black Box Workforce Intelligence, July, 2021 Release

Restaurant sales lost some ground during August amid a spike in COVID cases and its negative effect on consumer confidence. Sales growth was 6.1% during the month; a 2.1 percentage point drop compared to July. 

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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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