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CRFA upgrades restaurant sales forecast


July 12, 2012
By Canadian Pizza

July 12, 2012, Toronto – According to the latest forecast by the
Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA), annual
restaurant sales will rise 4.2 per cent in 2012 to nearly $53 billion –
which is higher than the 2.9 per cent forecasted last December – due to a
healthy first quarter.

July 12, 2012, Toronto – According to the latest forecast by the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA), annual restaurant sales will rise 4.2 per cent in 2012 to nearly $53 billion – which is higher than the 2.9 per cent forecasted last December – due to a healthy first quarter.
 
Canada’s restaurant industry enjoyed better-than-expected sales in Q1 thanks to a mild winter and an extra day in February.
 
“The upward forecast is good news not only for restaurateurs, but for communities across Canada. With more than one million employees, the restaurant industry is the number one source of first-time jobs, which are particularly important for students at this time of year,” says Garth Whyte, CRFA’s president and CEO.  
 
Here’s CRFA’s outlook for Canada’s restaurant industry in 2012:

  • Quick-service restaurant sales will grow the fastest at 4.9 per cent, due to strong consumer demand;
  • Full-service restaurant sales will be restrained to 3.9 per cent growth as personal disposable income moderates;
  • Caterer sales will jump 4.4 per cent because of an expanding natural resources industry driving demand for remote catering; and
  • Drinking place sales will slip 0.8 per cent due to weak consumer demand, unit closures and stricter drinking and driving legislation in Western Canada.

Including non-commercial foodservice sales – at locations such as schools and hospitals – Canada’s restaurant industry will surpass $65 billion in 2012.
 

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