Those with Dallas restaurant jobs may be seeing fewer customers, working fewer hours, and bringing in less money.
The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index dropped by .3 percent to 99.4 during August, marking the index’s second monthly decline in a row. The decrease is mainly due to fewer patrons and lower sales.
During August, the current situation index dropped by .5 percent to 99.3, while the expectations index declined by .1 percent to 99.5.
The Restaurant Performance Index tracks the health and outlook of the nation’s restaurant industry. An index of 100 or lower means the industry is shrinking, while an index of 100 or higher means that the industry is expanding.
“The August decline in the Restaurant Performance Index resulted from softening of both current situation and expectations indicators, as well as Hurricane Irene,” Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of the Research and Knowledge Group for the National Restaurant Association, said in a statement. “Although restaurant operators reported net positive same-store sales results in August, their six-month outlook for both sales growth and the economy continued to deteriorate.
“It is important to note that the industry’s August performance is a substantial improvement over the 2008-2009 period, but overall, the near-term health of the restaurant industry will depend heavily on the economy’s ability to create jobs and bolster consumer confidence,” Riehle added.