NPD reports growth in Canada, Japan and China; Declines in Europe and Australia.
Restaurant traffic in the first quarter provided mixed results, according to data released by The NPD Group.
For example, restaurant and foodservice visits increased in the first quarter of the year for the more stable economies of Canada and China, NPD reported. In addition, Japan's traffic continued to rebound in the aftermath of Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Foodservice visits declined in Australia and Europe where there is economic uncertainty.
Other key data points from NPD include:
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