Report: Restaurant Sales to Reach $683 Billion in 2014

The National Restaurant Association said Thursday it expects industry sales to grow in 2014 for the fifth consecutive year despite economic uncertainty among consumers. Restaurants will account for about $683 billion in sales this year, up 3.6 percent from 2013, according to the forecast. In addition, NRA data predicts that in 2014, the restaurant industry will employ 13.5 million individuals and remain the nation's second-largest private sector employer. The restaurant workforce continued to grow at a robust rate in 2013, keeping the industry among the economy's leaders in job creation. Story