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NPD Says Independent Restaurants Slid Three Percent Since 2014

August 3, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
The total number of U.S. restaurants dropped one percent since last year to 630,511 units, thanks largely to a three percent drop in independents, according to NPD Group. A one percent increase in chain restaurants offset the drop in total restaurants. Fast casual chain restaurants soared seven percent. The drop in independents was largely due to a three percent slide in full-service independents, including casual dining, midscale/family dining, and fine dining restaurants. An NPD Group analyst said independent restaurants have it rough, especially in a down economy, because they do not have the resources of a chain to sustain themselves in hard times.
"Independent Restaurant Counts Decline by Three Percent Bringing Total Restaurant Units Down by One Percent, Reports NPD", News release, NPD Group, August 03, 2015, © NPD Group
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