CHICAGO — U.S. restaurant traffic will grow less than 1% per year during the next decade — failing to keep pace with the 1.1% growth in U.S. population during that time — according to a forecast published by the NPD Group. The report, “A Look into the Future of Foodservice,” bases its projections on the relative aging of the U.S. population, low forecasts for U.S. population growth and recent trends, and estimates that total annual visits to restaurants will increase a total of 8% during ...

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