Consumers will remain a bit gun shy, but The NPD Group says forecasted growth in real disposable income, modest inflation and falling unemployment hint at better days ahead for the restaurant business compared to 2013. The research firm projected a one-percent gain in visits and a three-percent rise in spending for 2014.

 That compares to 2013, when NPD found that while restaurant traffic stayed flat, spending in restaurants grew two percent year-over-year, thanks to higher averages. The ...

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