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Restaurant business up

(CNN) -

Even though prices were higher at restaurants across the country, customers didn't seem to care.

According to the Bellwether Food Group Inc customers visited restaurant chains more often at the end of 2011.

One example cited by the group shows that while Olive Garden raised menu prices 2-point-1 percent, the chain had a 1-point-7 percent increase in traffic.

Bellwether says the trends are a sign of improving customer confidence.

Other top restaurant performers include Chipotle, McDonald's, Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, Steak 'n Shake, Domino's, Panera and Buffalo Wild Wings.

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