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Restaurant Industry Snapshot™ October, 2021

September Sales Improve Slightly, Traffic Posts Worst Results Since March


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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, August, 2021 Release

September’s 6.1% sales growth represented a 0.4% improvement from August, but results are still much weaker than July (8.2%) and June (6.9%). 

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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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