Restaurant Recovery: The restaurant industry notched its first quarter of sales growth in two years, according to the latest TDn2K data. Same-store sales in last year's fourth quarter grew 0.4%. But traffic declined 1.9% in the same period.
Retail Rise: Retail sales rose 0.4% in December, the US Census Bureau reported. Sales for full-year 2017 rose 4.2%. The strongest sectors? Furniture, hardware and—of course—ecommerce. The only sector to register negative growth: The catchall category of sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores.