In Depth Analysis: CalculatedRisk Newsletter on Real Estate (Ad Free) Read it here.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Restaurant Performance Index slips in November

by Calculated Risk on 1/03/2011 03:30:00 PM

This is one of several industry specific indexes I track each month.

Restaurant Performance Index Click on graph for larger image in new window.

Unfortunately the data for this index only goes back to 2002.

Note: Any reading above 100 shows expansion for this index.

From the National Restaurant Association (NRA): Restaurant Performance Index Declined in November as Sales and Traffic Slipped

As a result of a downtick in same-store sales and customer traffic levels, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) fell below 100 in November. The RPI – a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry – stood at 99.9 in November, down 0.8 percent from October. November marked the first time in three months that the RPI stood below 100, the level above which signifies expansion in the index of key industry indicators.
For the first time in three months, restaurant operators reported a net decline in same-store sales. ... Restaurant operators also reported a net decline in customer traffic levels in November.
This is just one month of slight contraction, but something to watch.