Improving same-store sales and customer traffic levels help drive the restaurant industry forward.
The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index stood at 101.9 in August, up 1.0 percent from July.
“The August gain in the RPI was fueled by stronger same-store sales and customer traffic results, aided by continued improving economic conditions,” said Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of the Research and Knowledge Group for the NRA. “Looking forward, restaurant operators remain generally optimistic about continued sales growth, while a majority plans to make a capital expenditure in the next six months. However, operators still report food costs and government among top challenges that continue to negatively affect the operating environment.”
The RPI measures the health of the restaurant industry in relation to a steady-state level of 100. Index values in excess of 100 indicate a period of expansion for key industry indicators, while index values less than 100 represent a period of contraction.
The Current Situation Index, which measures current trends in four industry indicators (same-store sales, traffic, labor and capital expenditures), stood at 101.8 in August, up 1.1 percent from July. Key data points from the Current Situation Index include:
The Expectations Index, which measures restaurant operators’ six-month outlook for four industry indicators (same-store sales, employees, capital expenditures and business conditions), stood at 102.1 in August, up 0.9 percent from July. Key data points from the Expectations Index include: