Restaurant traffic slowdown hits independents the hardest

02/27/2012 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

U.S. consumers made 2.1 billion fewer restaurant visits last year than they did in 2010, and independent restaurants lost the lion's share of the business, according to the NPD Group. Visits to chain restaurants rose 1% last year, while traffic at independent eateries fell 4%, the report says.

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