Restaurant industry food and drink sales in the United States from 1970 to 2016 (in billion U.S. dollars)

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This statistic shows the restaurant industry food and drink sales in the United States from 1970 to 2016. In 2015, food and drink sales of the U.S. restaurant industry amounted to approximately 746 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 2015, it was forecasted to increase further to 709.24 billion U.S. dollars. Restaurants in the United States have created a booming industry that employed more than 14 million people nationwide in 2015.

Unsurprisingly, the majority of food and drink sales in the U.S. restaurant industry take place in commercial restaurants. In 2014, full-service restaurant sales amounted to 213.5 billion U.S. dollars and limited-service sales were 192.84 U.S. dollars. The second largest contributor in 2014 was retail, vending, recreation and mobile vendors with sales of 66.81 billion U.S. dollars. The smallest proportion came from came from bars and taverns.

As of December 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 102.9 – 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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