Sales from dining out, predominately in full-service restaurants, are expected to decline six percent this holiday.
Supermarkets on the other hand will experience a 3.5 percent rise in food sales.
"The large drop in sales can be attributed to the fact that dining is considered a discretionary Easter activity," explained George Van Horn, senior analyst with IBISWorld.
Total sales from Easter clothing, candy, flowers, decorations, food and greeting cards are expected to fall from $14.8 billion in 2008 to $13.6 in 2009.
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