Restaurants, bars break high record for sales at $45.9 billion - KMSP-TV

Restaurants, bars break high record for sales at $45.9 billion

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It's always been said that a key indicator of the economy doing well is if restaurants are packed on a nightly basis, and sales are at an all-time high with $45.9 billion taken in at eateries in April.

That April number is up $200 million from the previous high, which was set in December 2012. Even so, 49 percent of adults said they were not eating in restaurants as often as they would like, according to a national survey of 1,000 adults conducted between April 25 and 28 for the National RA by ORC International.

The restaurant numbers arrive at the same time consumers tell Gallup they are less frugal than they were a few years ago. Only 41 percent of Americans say they are "spending less money" now, compared with 57 percent in 2010.

FOX 9 News spoke with Alyssa Vance, a writer for HeavyTable, about whether she sees a trend.

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