Restaurant sales were up in June, 6.6% above the pre-pandemic figures from February 2020, the National Restaurant Association said in a recent report.

The NRA attributes the rise in sales to “cash-flush consumers [burning] off their pent-up demand for socialization and experiences.”

Eating and drinking establishments brought in total sales of $70.6 billion in June, adjusted for season, according to the data from the U.S. Census Bureau used by the NRA. 

Total restaurant sales showed a 2.2% increase from May, something NRA called the fifth "solid" increase in eating and drinking sales in the last six months.

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The June sales boom follows rises in restaurant employment figures and wholesale food prices in recent months.

Wholesale food prices have surpassed pre-pandemic levels, while staffing remains roughly 10% below pre-pandemic numbers, NRA noted.

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