According to U.S. Department of Commerce data for retail sales from foodservice, restaurants and grocery stores, consumers are responding to several factors, including increased employment levels, more featuring by grocery stores and restaurants and, likely, lower fuel costs.
The data showed that foodservice and restaurant retail sales in December surpassed expectations, climbing 7.5% from a year earlier. Food sector sales as a whole increased 4.5% in December from a year ago, comp
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