Weather, visitors pump life into ATL restaurants sales

Good weather and lots of out-of-town visitors helped Atlanta restaurants hit sales volume of $61 million, up 5.6 percent in the third quarter of this year compared to same period in 2013, a survey says.

About three-fourths of the 94 independent restaurants surveyed by NetFinancials — which studies transactions in the Atlanta dining market — had positive sales gain in the quarter, which ended in September, said Robert Wagner, NetFinancials president.

“Atlanta’s improved restaurant sales were due to favorable weather patterns, strong Atlanta visitor traffic and positive consumer sentiment,” Wagner said in a release on the survey findings.

Atlanta’s 5.6 percent increase topped the 1.6 percent growth in restaurant sales volume the nation experienced overall. Atlanta sales year to date are up 6 percent over a year ago.

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