The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) posted a reading of 100.8 in September, up 1.2 percent from August. Any reading in excess of 100 indicates a period of expansion for the restaurant industry. Despite the improvement, operators remain wary about the outlook for the restaurant industry.
“September’s RPI uptick was aided by gains in the current situation indicators, which have been soft in recent months,” said Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of research for the National Restaurant Association. “Meanwhile, the forward-looking indicators are becoming more muted. Operators are decreasingly optimistic looking toward the months ahead. In fact, 3 in 10 operators say they expect economic conditions to worsen in the next six months.”
The Current Situation Index stood at 101.0 in September — up 2.5 percent from a level of 98.6 in August. Key data points from the Current Situation Index include:
The Expectations Index stood at 100.6 in September — unchanged from August. Key data points from the expectations index include: