Restaurant industry food and drink sales in the U.S. from 1970 to 2014 (in billion U.S. dollars)

The statistic shows the sales of the U.S. restaurant industry in 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000 and from 2008 to 2014. In 2011, the U.S. restaurant industry had a sales volume of about 611.55 billion U.S. dollars.


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U.S. restaurant industry - additional information

In 1970, food and drink sales in the United States restaurant industry amounted to 42.8 billion U.S. dollars. By 2013, this figure had increased by more than 15 times and, in 2014, it was forecast to increase further to 683.36 billion U.S. dollars. Restaurants in the United States have created a booming industry that employed almost 13 million people nationwide in 2012.

Unsurprisingly, the majority of food and drink sales in the U.S. restaurant industry take place in commercial restaurants. In 2013, full-service restaurant sales amounted to 206.98 billion U.S. dollars and limited-service sales were 187.07 U.S. dollars. The second largest contributor in 2013 was retail, vending, recreation and mobile vendors with sales of 62.4 billion U.S. dollars. The smallest proportion came from came from bars and taverns.

As of January 2014, things were still looking up for the U.S. restaurant industry: the monthly Restaurant Industry Tracking Survey, conducted by the National Restaurant Association, recorded a performance index score of 100.7 – any score over 100 indicates a period of expansion. The lowest performance index score between 2011 and 2014, 99.4, was recorded in August 2011. In February 2013, only ten percent of U.S. consumers reported that they had not dined out at all in the past month.

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