Restaurant sales growth stalled in August, as many consumers changed their behavior due to the delta variant.
The August decline followed a 7-month period in which eating and drinking places added nearly 1.4 million jobs.
Positive trends improve industry outlook; uncertainty and waning consumer confidence could impact long-term rebuilding
Restaurant job growth was broad-based in recent months, but employment remained below comparable pre-pandemic levels in 44 states and DC.
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Restaurant sales continued to trend higher in July, even as consumers pulled back on spending in other areas.
In the pandemics darkest days, resourceful restaurant operators developed innovative solutions to keep business running. Some strategies proved so effective, theyre likely here to stay, even as dining restrictions lift. The National Restaurant Association identified trends with traction in its State of the Restaurant Industry Mid-Year Report, to be released Aug. 24.
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Eating and drinking places added a net 1.3 million jobs during the first seven months of 2021.