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Casual Dining Restaurants Suffer 5.4% Decline

Casual dining restaurant sales fell 5.4 percent last month after declining 0.6 percent in January and 1.6 percent in December, according to the Knapp-Track Index of monthly restaurant sales. [...]

Natl. Restaurant Assoc. takes new lobbying approach w/health care reform

Under the leadership of CEO Dawn Sweeney, the National Restaurant Association has broken with tradition in the lobbying arena during the recent congressional fight over health care reform. In 2004, 90 percent of the group’s lobbying money went to Republican lawmakers; today that number is only 60 percent, with 40 percent going to [...]