NPD's ReCount study reports a .7 percent increase in unit counts in fall 2013.
The U.S. restaurant count increased by less than one percent from a year ago reaching a total of 633,043 units, according to the NPD Group's Fall 2013 ReCount, a count of commercial restaurant locations in the United States compiled in the spring and fall each year. Restaurant units increased by 4,179, a .7 percent increase over last year.
Other key data points from NPD's ReCount include:
According to NPD's CREST study, which tracks consumer use of commercial and non-commercial foodservice outlets daily, total restaurant traffic visits were flat in the year ending December 2013, compared to the same period last year. U.S. consumers made 61 billion restaurant visits during the period.