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January 2019 was the toughest month for DC area restaurants in the past few months – with sit-down locations taking a bigger hit than fast casual dining. Overall sales combined were down nearly 3.5%, year-over-year, the worst overall performance in six months. Full-service sales were the big contributor to the drop, with January 2019 down nearly 4% compared to a year ago, and average 12-month trailing sales down just over 2%. Fast casual sales for the same 12-month period, on the other hand, were only down 0.5% – good news in a tight market.

Although it wasn’t one of the snowiest Januaries, it was the wettest on record, with the National Weather Service recording nearly nine inches of precipitation – combine that with an extended government shutdown, and there were tough headwinds in the nation’s capital.

Monthly Restaurant Sales Trend, overall

Monthly Restaurant Sales Trend, details

year over year data

About these metrics: The MarginEdge monthly snapshot of DC Metro restaurant sales is based on a sampling of 100+ area restaurants ranging from fast-casual to full-service.

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