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BJ's Restaurants, Beautiful Brands International, Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Famous Dave's, UFood Restaurant Group and Wendy's/Arby's are among the restaurant chains reporting expansion and financial results this week.
The National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) – a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry – stood at 100.2 in January, down 0.8 percent from its December level. Despite the decline, January marked the fourth time in the last five months that the RPI registered a score of more than 100, which signifies expansion in the index of key industry indicators. In addition, participating foodservice operators appear to be optimistic about the outlook for the industry.