Restaurant blues: The consensus estimate of economists for consumer spending growth in February...

|By:, SA News Editor

Restaurant blues: The consensus estimate of economists for consumer spending growth in February is for a 0.6% gain after the measure rose 0.2% in January but don't expect restaurants to report strong numbers for Q1. Inside tracking and guidance warnings from key companies indicate that the sector is feeling the pressure of higher payroll taxes. Major chains also face a tough period of comparable with last year's winter much milder on average in the U.S.