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Washington restaurant business still lagging

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Feb. 26, 2010 at 2:04 pm |
February 26, 2010 2:04 pm

The recession is still taking a toll on business for Washington restaurant operators, s a new survey shows.

Fifty-eight percent of restaurant operators reported decreased staff hours in January this year compared with the same month in 2009, the Washington Restaurant Association survey released today shows.

Eighty-two percent of restaurant operators say they will stay at those reduced employee levels or reduce them further in coming months.

The exuberance of the holiday season isn’t carrying on afterwords, said the association’s top official.

“We were hoping that momentum from the holiday season might continue through the winter months,” said Anthony Anton, WRA president and CEO. “That optimism didn’t materialize in terms of sales in January and unfortunately that will likely have an impact on jobs.”

The survey also showed that 63 percent of Washington restaurants surveyed noted their sales were lower this January, year over year. Meanwhile, 57 percent of restaurants nationally indicated lower year over year January sales, the association said.

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