Fascinating story from the Wall Street Journal that uncovers that Federal "research" indicating that Americans spent more on eating out than groceries is bullshit.
Like anything the Federal Government does, they use ham handed formulas to make decisions that impact us all. In this case, they suggest that Americans spend more on prepared food by using NAICS codes that identify revenues in grocery stores and restaurants.
What it doesn't identify is food purchases from stores like Wal-Mart (the world's largest seller of groceries) because its NAICS code is different.
So, yeah...we're still spending more in grocery stores than restaurants. But...that it's close enough for a Federal Government study to get it wrong says a lot.