Despite Decline, NRA Index Remains Positive In July

Published: 09/17/2013

WASHINGTON — As a result of softer sales and traffic levels and restaurant operators’ dampened outlook for the economy, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index declined for the second consecutive month in July.

The RPI, a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry, stood at 100.7 in July, down 0.6 percent from June’s level of 101.3. Despite the decline, the RPI remained above 100 for the fifth consecutive month, which signifies expansion in the index of key industry indicators.