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Florida: More asses in seats
Florida: More asses in seats

Report Says We're Still Eating Out in Florida

Right along with that little uptick in the economy we've been hearing about this week comes more good news: Florida restaurants actually did a teeny bit better this year than they did last year. Florida Trend reports that a study compiled by NPD Group, which analyzes American foodservice trends, found that Florida was one of three Southeastern states that showed a 2 percent increase in traffic (Georgia and Alabama did equally well), even as the rest of the country was facing empty tables and stagnant sales -- nationally, restaurant sales fell by 3 percent in January. 


That's nice for moderately priced chains, it turns out, but still not so great for small independents, getting whacked hardest. A Chicago research firm, Technomic, estimates that 20,000 restaurants will fail in the next three years.

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